Coming of Age

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The actor playing Matilda takes her bow on opening night of Melbourne, Australia’s production

We all grow up, eventually. Kurt Andersen talks with Lois Lowry, whose novel “The Giver” helped define dystopian young adult fiction. Also, writer Junot Diaz explains why he couldn’t finish his Pulitzer-winning coming of age novel “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” until he turned 40. Plus, the story of how a Kiss album helped an immigrant kid feel a little less lonely.