The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

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Little, Brown, Apr 7, 2015 - Fiction - 784 pages

"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

Theo Decker, a 13-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 longing for his mother, he clings to the 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 mesmerizing, 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.

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User Review  - PDCRead - LibraryThing

Theo Decker is 13 years old and is off to see the head of his school with his mother. He has been suspended for some reason, smoking he thinks, and as the meeting is at 11.30 they stop at the Met, to ... Read full review

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User Review  - nwieme - LibraryThing

Loved it. Loved the characters, the premise, the painting, the story EVERYTHING!!! I did not like the print or the color of the pages... way too hard to read if you have 50 year old eyes.. but worth the pain! Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Donna Tartt is the author of The Goldfinch, which was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her novels The Secret History and The Little Friend have been translated into 30 languages. She was born in Greenwood, Mississippi and is a graduate of Bennington College.

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