Congratulations to Donna Tartt for winning the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for The Goldfinch

Congratulations to Donna Tartt for winning the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for The Goldfinch

 If you have read it, then you know why everyone is wild about it. But if you are still patiently waiting in the holds line, I can suggest a few plot-driven titles for you to read in the meantime.

 Many people feel that Tartt was influenced by Charles Dickens and in particular, Great Expectations. Both books are about young boys who overcome trying circumstances.

 Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is also a story about a young boy who loses a parent.

 A similar themed book set in an exotic location is Jan Philipp’s The Art of Hearing Heartbeats. It is about a young woman whose father disappears and she travels to Burma to solve this family mystery.

 Finally, if you’re looking for an old-fashioned, plot-driven book, there is David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Mitchell transports us to 1799 Japan, where Dutch shipping clerk Jacob de Zoet becomes involved with the midwife daughter of a samurai.