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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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

A huge book in every way, Tartt's lengthy third novel is an incredible modern fable exploring who we think we are and the ways in which loss and desire can shape our lives. Tartt writes a book a decade and 1992's A Secret History is without doubt a modern classic loved by millions. 2003's The Little Friend was less well received and The Goldfinch is something of a marmite book with hugely passionate fans contrasting with those who just couldn't get into it. Whichever camp you ultimately fall in to the opening accident is incredibly vivid and involved and though Tartt's works are literary they are above all incredibly told and engaging mysteries. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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

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

If you like Donna Tartt you might also like to read books by Kate Atkinson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Pauline Melville.


The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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.


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

About the Author

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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Publication date

3rd June 2014


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Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


880 pages


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