The Goldfinch

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Little, Brown, Oct 22, 2013 - Fiction - 784 pages
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The author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel.

Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity.

It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

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Parenthetical digressions abound. - Bookreporter.com
That's the power of a great writer for you. - Goodreads
Tartt's strength is plot. - Bookreporter.com
I have to wonder for whom Tartt thinks she's writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Diane - Goodreads

Never have I been so conflicted about a book. Parts of it I loved. Parts of it I hated. Sometimes I wanted to praise it. Other times I wanted to abandon it. I'm relieved I've finally finished this ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl - Goodreads

DONNA TARTT: WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR LITERATURE FOR THE GOLDFINCH. "It has the permanent quality of literature." Virginia Woolf Donna Tartt looked at a copy of Fabritius' painting of the pet ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Donna Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi and is a graduate of Bennington College. She is the author of the novels The Secret History and The Little Friend, which have been translated into thirty languages.

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