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The Goldfinch

A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review

Theo Decker, a 13-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 longing for his mother, he clings to the 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 mesmerizing, 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.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 29, 2013 – Donna Tartt’s latest novel clocks in at an unwieldy 784 pages. The story begins with an explosion at the Metropolitan Museum that kills narrator Theo Decker’s beloved mother and results in his unlikely possession of a Dutch masterwork called The Goldfinch. Shootouts, gangsters, pillowcases, storage lockers, and the black market for art all play parts in the ensuing life of the painting in Theo’s care. With the same flair for suspense that made The Secret History (1992) such a masterpiece, The Goldfinch features the pulp of a typical bildungsroman—Theo’s dissolution into teenage delinquency and climb back out, his passionate friendship with the very funny Boris, his obsession with Pippa (a girl he first encounters minutes before the explosion)—but the painting is the novel’s secret heart. Theo’s fate hinges on the painting, and both take on depth as it steers Theo’s life. Some sentences are clunky (“suddenly” and “meanwhile” abound), metaphors are repetitive (Theo’s mother is compared to birds three times in 10 pages), and plot points are overly coincidental (as if inspired by TV), but there’s a bewitching urgency to the narration that’s impossible to resist. Theo is magnetic, perhaps because of his well-meaning criminality. The Goldfinch is a pleasure to read; with more economy to the brushstrokes, it might have been great.

Customer Reviews

Dark, Sad, Thoughtful, & Amazing!

This is the best book of the year, and the best book I've read for quite some time, actually. Writing from the eyes of a 13-year-old boy can't be easy, but Ms.Tartt does it easily and with amazing affinity. What a ride Theo takes us on from NYC to Las Vegas, and across the globe. I could hardly put the book down last week. Dark and brooding, haunted and searching, triumphant for a moment...only to have all hope dashed again, you will pull for Theo Decker even when he misbehaves badly! Great read.

Missed target

I started out liking this book. The characters and plot were good. But as the main character gets older, he drifts into the boring life of a druggie and does not show the strength of character I was hoping to find.
I did finish the book, but would not recommend it to anyone I know. I was disappointed.

The Goldfinch

This is a mesmerizing tale, with a plot that sinks in its talons and won't let you go. The characters mirror yourself, your friends, your family. They are flawed, cracked, needy and lovable. They are creative, brilliant, neurotic and destructive.
Each chapter is a familiar nudge - a gentle rub of steel wool upon your heart. Donna Tartt uses an artist's tools to create an intricate and indestructible masterpiece. ..

Linda Sample

The Goldfinch
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  • $8.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Oct 22, 2013
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 784 Pages
  • Language: English
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