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
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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.
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.
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. ..