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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  

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

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

Inspired by a tiny painting of the same name by Carel Fabritius a 17C Dutch painter The Goldfinch, set in present day USA, is a moving, beautifully written, vivid suspenseful page-turner. A thirteen year old boy, recently orphaned after an accident, is taken in by a wealthy family - but remains tormented by the loss of his mother and clings to the one thing that reminds him of her the painting of the Goldfinch. The painting however draws him into dangerous circles.

The Goldfinch is a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate. With the recent changes to the Man Booker entry criteria we will be very surprised if this 771 page epic doesn’t make the shortlist.

If you like Donna Tartt you might also like to read books by Justin Cartwright, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Ian McEwan.

Synopsis

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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

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

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.

Reviews

'In the epic range of its concerns with grief, loss, loneliness, fate, and the nature of good and evil, its rich cast of characters, and its broad social canvas, it bears comparison with Proust, Dickens, Dostoevsky and Nabokov. Although the novel is 784 pages long, it is meticulously structured and paced, and reading it is an enthralling experience of total immersion in Tartt's vision and voice. A beautiful and important book' -- Elaine Showalter, Prospect

'Donna Tartt is an amazingly good writer. She's dense, she's allusive. She's a gorgeous storyteller' -- Stephen King

'This book is so beautifully written, you'll want to simultaneously read it at top speed to find out what happens and savour it at snail's pace' Marie Claire

'A furiously exciting story ... brilliantly tooled movements of plot function and resolution, motive and murder, desire and disappointment' -- Philip Hensher, Spectator

'[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

'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' -- David Gilbert, Vanity Fair

'A large-canvas, small-brush picaresque that's both heart-rending and irresistibly wicked' Vogue

'Resembling at its best the kind of darkly intelligent suspense novel that made Patricia Highsmith's name' Literary Review

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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Book Info

Publication date

3rd June 2014

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Publisher

Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Hardback
880 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780349139630

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