The Goldfinch (Prebound)

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The long awaited third novel from Donna Tartt was well worth the wait. She is back and better than ever in this epic novel of life, death, fate, memory and love. Her characters and plot are carefully thought out and executed without flaw. The art of the novel is alive and well! Rejoice! If you read one novel this year make it this one! — Whitney Kaaz

The Goldfinch is as long and drawn out as Theo’s miserable existence, but that won’t keep you from needing to know how he comes out. Months after finishing I still worry about him, the little boy whose mom was killed in a terrible tragedy, the young man plagued by a moment of foolishness. Tartt’s masterful writing makes the length forgivable. — Amelia Stymacks

A 13-year-old boy takes a painting during the chaos that ensues after an explosion at a New York art museum. The stolen 17th century masterpiece will haunt Theo Decker's life for decades to come; affecting every decision, threatening every attempt of happiness. Powerful storytelling worthy of all the praise! — Alden Graves

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""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" Composed with the skills of a master, "The Goldfinch" is a haunted odyssey through present day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity.
It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-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 unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to 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 novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, 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 novels "The Secret History" and "The Little Friend." She was born in Greenwood, Mississippi and is a graduate of Bennington College. She lives in New York.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780606353144
ISBN-10: 0606353143
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
Pages: 784
Language: English
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