Ways of Going Home

Readers suffering from Roberto Bolaño withdrawal: look no further.  Alejandro Zambra's fifth novel begins with an earthquake and only shakes up from there, as the story of a Chilean boy enlisted by mysterious forces to spy on his uncle inventively alternates with a tale of an author's familial ties to Pinochet's regime.

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…