West of Here

Jonathan Evison's ambitious, absorbing novel proves that a small town harbors all the emotional scope needed to fuel fiction on an epic scale. Set on the Olympic Peninsula in the Pacific Northwest, this satisfying creation is vivid with history, culture, and human stories that stretch from the last decade of the 19th century to the first decade of the 21st.

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…