book | Fiction | 2013
The novel won the Andrew Carnegie Award for fiction. It has been chosen as Amazon's Best Book of 2013 and is one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2013. It has also been selected as one of the Ten Best Books of 2013 by the New York Times. The novel has also been shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Donna Tartt has been named as one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People.
The Goldfinch has also been an international bestseller, debuting at number one for Editions Plon in France in January 2014 and is also a number one bestseller in Finland in June 2014. In Germany, The Goldfinch reached number two on the Der Spiegel bestseller list. In Italy, Rizzoli has reprinted ten times since its March 2014 publication and the novel climbed to number ten on the bestseller lists there.
The author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel.
A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend’s family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld.
Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America, and a drama of almost unbearable acuity and power. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art.
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For The Goldfinch, she constructed an enormous stage of art and violence, unspeakable beauty and staggering loss, then she lit the place up with her brilliance.
Time 100 Most Influential People Full Review
The result is the best book of 2013 so far, and required reading for anyone who loves great literature from this or any other century.
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Ms. Tartt has made Fabritius’s bird the MacGuffin at the center of her glorious, Dickensian novel, a 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
The New York Times Full Review
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. I read it with that mixture of terror and excitement I feel watching a pitcher carry a no-hitter into the late innings. You keep waiting for the wheels to fall off, but in the case of The Goldfinch, they never do. Stephen King
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The characters - especially Theo's reckless, lovable sidekick, Boris - are some of the best created in years; the plot is superb, and Theo's world is so richly drawn it's almost unbearable to leave behind. Like its namesake, The Goldfinch is a masterpiece.
It’s the publishing event of the year, if not the decade… it’s brilliant … addictive … exciting … genius.
A dense, dizzying ride through grief, addiction, art and the criminal underworld, this is a book that you'll happily devote days of your life to.
The New York Times, Ten Best Books of 2013
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