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.
Publishers Weekly Review
© Publishers Weekly
It could have been a great book because of its story of loss and love. Instead the pages are filled to the brim with the ramblings of a pathetic drug addicted and self destructive protagonist.
This book completely immerses the reader in its world and characters. So much to think about, and Theo, a fully developed and wonderful character, just grabs the reader and demands attention. I loved the story and am only sorry that I will have to wait so long for Tartt to write another.
I am so glad I found this book.