As part of our Best Books of 2013 coverage, our editors weigh in on some of their personal favorites from the list.


Donna Tartt's hefty new novel is that rarest of creatures: a book that is both exquisitely written, and excruciatingly suspenseful. Like the work of art it centers on—Carel Fabritius' 1654 painting The Goldfinch—the novel's vivid detail and creative spark combine to create a masterful work of trompe l'oeil.

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