What Dies in Summer

Tom Wrights's craftily seductive tale brings together two young people from broken homes -- quiet James and his feisty cousin L.A. -- in 1970s Texas, where they face a mysterious evil. A haunting coming-of-age story (and great beach read) with a tinge of the supernatural.

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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…