The Goldfinch

by Donna Tartt

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

The Goldfinch Synopsis

One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections.

Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.

 

Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards RTE Listeners' Choice Award 2013.

The Goldfinch Press Reviews

A glorious novel that pulls together all her 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 triumph ... Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction -- Stephen King New York Times

 

An astonishing achievement ... if anyone has lost their love of storytelling, The Goldfinch will most certainly return it to them. The last few pages of the novel take all the serious, big, complicated ideas beneath the surface and hold them up to the light  - Guardian

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ISBN: 9780349139630
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Publisher: Little, Brown an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780349139630
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780349139630
Publication date: 5th June 2014
Author: Donna Tartt
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 880 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Donna Tartt

Donna Tartt was educated at the University of Mississippi and Bennington College. She lives in Mississippi and New York City.Photograph © Timothy Greenfield  

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