The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) (Paperback)

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As a huge fan of Donna Tartt’s THE SECRET HISTORY, I couldn’t wait to pick up her latest novel, THE GOLDFINCH. And I wasn’t disappointed. In the first pages of this brilliant coming-of-age novel, Theo Decker’s mother dies in a terrorist attack on the Met. In the aftermath of the explosion, Theo steals a rare painting of a goldfinch by a little-known 17th century Dutch painter, an act that sets him on an inexorable course toward an adult life of art crime. I was completely transported into the life Theo manages to scrape together after the center of his world disappears. Tartt’s vivid imagery, quirky characters, and surprising plot twists reminded me of of the work of Dickens. Despite the fact that this novel boasts almost 800 pages, I zipped through it in just four days.

 

— Augusta

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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, 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.

Praise For…


PRAISE FOR THE GOLDFINCH

"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)

"Drenched in sensory detail, infused with Theo's churning thoughts and feelings, sparked by nimble dialogue, and propelled by escalating cosmic angst and thriller action, Tartt's trenchant, defiant, engrossing, and rocketing novel conducts a grand inquiry into the mystery and sorrow of survival, beauty and obsession, and the promise of art."--Booklist (starred review)

"There's a bewitching urgency to the narration that's impossible to resist. Theo is magnetic...The Goldfinch is a pleasure to read."--Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316055444
ISBN-10: 0316055441
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
Pages: 784
Language: English