We Heard the Heavens Then

Aria Minu-Sepehr's elegant memoir captures a family and nation undergoing radical change in the wake of the 1979 revolution. The son of a prominent Iranian general, the author offers a  rare, illuminating  perspective on a society's transformation, all the more valuable given the tense Iranian-American relations in decades since.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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…