The Goldfinch (Hardcover)
It’s been a long time since I found a book I wanted to race home and read or that I wanted to live in for a long time. This book is one of those rare books where the characters crawl under your skin.
Dagny's Staff Pick (June 2014): This is the story of a boy struggling with the loss of his mother, the guilt of carrying around a stolen piece of art while growing up in an atmosphere of drugs and antiques. Throughout, Tartt confronts our notions of what art is and how it should be experienced. The last 45 or so pages fall short of the beauty of the rest of the book, but this is worth the read.
Wendy's Staff Pick (July 2014): Donna Tartt has created a memorable character named Theo Decker, whom I will not soon forget. We follow Theo as he stumbles from boyhood through manhood. He always messes things up for himself and for those he loves, yet Tartt keeps us rooting for him. This novel is funny, smart, and sophisticated, with an interesting focus on the world of art and antiques.— From Wendy's Picks
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.
About the Author
Donna Tartt is the author of "The Goldfinch," which was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her novels "The Secret History" and "The Little Friend" have been translated into 30 languages. She was born in Greenwood, Mississippi and is a graduate of Bennington College.
"Dazzling....[A] glorious, Dickensian novel, a novel that pulls together all Ms. Tartt's remarkable storytelling talents into a rapturous, symphonic whole and reminds the reader of the immersive, stay-up-all-night pleasures of reading."--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
"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
"The Goldfinch is a book about art in all its forms, and right from the start we remember why we enjoy Donna Tartt so much: the humming plot and elegant prose; the living, breathing characters; the perfectly captured settings....Joy and sorrow exist in the same breath, and by the end The Goldfinch hangs in our stolen heart."--Vanity Fair
"A long-awaited, elegant meditation on love, memory, and the haunting power of art....Eloquent and assured, with memorable characters....A standout-and well-worth the wait."--Kirkus (Starred Review)