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The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Overview

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 mothe 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 combines vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

Donna Tartt

About The Goldfinch Description

Donna Tartt is an American writer who received critical acclaim for her first two novels, The Secret History and The Little Friend, which have been translated into thirty languages. Tartt was the 2003 winner of the WH Smith Literary Award for The Little Friend. Her novel The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014. The daughter of Don and Taylor Tartt, she was born in Greenwood, Mississippi but r

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Original Title The Goldfinch ISBN 0316055433 (ISBN13: 9780316055437 ) Edition Language English Characters Boris Pavlikovsky (The Goldfinch), Theo Decker, Pippa, Hobie, Francis Abernathy setting Amsterdam (Netherlands) Las Vegas, Nevada (United States) New York City, New York (United States) …more New York City's Upper East Side (United States) …less Literary Awards Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2014), Audie Award for Literary Fiction (2014), National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction (2013), Women's Prize for Fiction Nominee (2014), Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction (2014) ...more Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction (2013) ...less (109)