The Witches of Ruidoso: Elegiac, elegant and understated, Sandoval’s short novel about a boy’s first love, set in the 1890s in Ruidoso, New Mexico, is a beauty to behold.

37. Hammer of Witches: The setting is Columbus’s first voyage of discovery in 1492, but the real subject of the narrative is Baltasar’s stumbling efforts to discover his true powers.