The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) (Paperback)
The Goldfinch is a unique and moving coming-of-age story that I think everyone should read. The book (far superior to the film) follows the strange and bewildering life of a young man named Theo. His journey is an extraordinary tale in the wake of tragedy. In a desperate moment of fear and confusion, he makes a choice that is the catalyst for the rest of the narrative. Through moments of change, rebellion, despair, survival, and hope, we watch Theo learn and grow, becoming hardened and yet soft. I reread this book every time I need a reminder of what makes life special and yet banal, fleeting and yet infinite, ordinary yet extraordinary.
Donna Tartt has the ability to articulate the quiet nuanced moments of everyday life that shape our reality while creating a story that was so astounding and engaging you could hardly put the book down.
The trials of Theo’s life; specifically the heart-wrenching moments made me reflect on my own journey so far. The book often felt like Tartt was holding a mirror up to my own life and past experiences. Her stark portrayal of mortality and the fragility of the realities we shape was poignant and powerful. Being a child of a single mother made this book especially enjoyable for me because some of my own experiences had been translated into this stunning work of fiction.
-GretchenNocturnal November Staff Picks
A young New Yorker grieving his mother's death is pulled into a gritty underworld of art and wealth in this "extraordinary" and beloved Pulitzer Prize winner from the author of The Secret History that "connects with the heart as well as the mind" (Stephen King, 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 a 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 a wealthy and insular art community.
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. From the streets of New York to the dark corners of the art underworld, this "soaring masterpiece" examines the devastating impact of grief and the ruthless machinations of fate (Ron Charles, Washington Post).
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 Reviews (starred review)
"It's a classic...If you haven't read it, read it. If you have, read it again."—Andy Cohen, Today Show
"Where to begin? Simply put, I'm indescribably jealous of any reader picking up this masterpiece for the first time. And once they do, they will long remember the heartrending character of Theo Decker and his unthinkable journey."—Sarah Jessica Parker for Goop
"A soaring masterpiece."—Ron Charles, Washington Post