The Goldfinch

Front Cover
Abacus, 2014 - Fiction - 864 pages

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014

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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Jonez - LibraryThing

3.75 - 4.0 Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch" is derivative. There I said it. She has taken her formula straight from Dickens and used it as an outline from which she has crafted her own phonebook sized ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - invisiblelizard - LibraryThing

I started The Goldfinch four years ago. Got over half-way through. If you've read the book, you'll know what I mean when I say: at that point it jumps forward in time about a decade (give or take ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2014)

Donna Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, and is a graduate of Bennington College. She is the author of the novels The Secret History and The Little Friend, which have been translated into thirty languages.

Bibliographic information