The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) (Hardcover)

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Luminous prose and a plot that keeps you guessing set this
spellbinding novel apart.  The story
opens in Amsterdam with our narrator, Theo, remembering the past. Quickly the
story moves to teenage Theo, experiencing a day that began as an ordinary but
upsetting day then quickly turned tragic.  His mother was called to a conference at his
school, missing a day’s work.  Money is
tight for the pair as Theo’s father has absconded.  The day quickly darkens; the taxi they climb
into for their journey to the school is vile, when they decide to walk the
heavens open with a punishing rainstorm, and then they take shelter in the
Metropolitan Museum with spectacular bad timing.  These minor ordinary choices soon have life
altering consequences. From this explosive opening we follow Theo’s life as his
circumstances and locations change. His father comes back into the picture
spiriting Theo away from New York, to a soulless suburb in Las Vegas.  Throughout, at the heart of the story, is the
painting, the Goldfinch, a very real painting that hangs safely in The Hague,
and has not experienced the adventures it faces in Tarrt’s work of fiction.  A cast of well-developed characters that would
do Dickens proud people the novel. 
Intricately plotted and beautifully written, the Pulitzer judges chose
well.

— Deon Stonehouse

Description


A young New Yorker grieving his mother's death is pulled into a gritty underworld of art and wealth in this "extraordinary" and beloved Pulitzer Prize winner that "connects with the heart as well as the mind" (Stephen King, 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 a 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 a wealthy and insular art community.

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. From the streets of New York to the dark corners of the art underworld, this "soaring masterpiece" examines the devastating impact of grief and the ruthless machinations of fate (Ron Charles, Washington Post).

About the Author


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.

Praise For…


"Dazzling....[A] glorious, Dickensian novel, a novel that pulls together all Ms. Tartt's remarkable storytelling talents into a rapturous, symphonic whole and reminds the reader of the immersive, stay-up-all-night pleasures of reading."—Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

"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

"The Goldfinch is a book about art in all its forms, and right from the start we remember why we enjoy Donna Tartt so much: the humming plot and elegant prose; the living, breathing characters; the perfectly captured settings....Joy and sorrow exist in the same breath, and by the end The Goldfinch hangs in our stolen heart."—Vanity Fair

"A long-awaited, elegant meditation on love, memory, and the haunting power of art....Eloquent and assured, with memorable characters....A standout-and well-worth the wait."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"It's a classic...If you haven't read it, read it. If you have, read it again."—Andy Cohen, Today Show

"Where to begin? Simply put, I'm indescribably jealous of any reader picking up this masterpiece for the first time. And once they do, they will long remember the heartrending character of Theo Decker and his unthinkable journey."Sarah Jessica Parker for Goop

"A soaring masterpiece."—Ron Charles, Washington Post
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316055437
ISBN-10: 0316055433
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2013
Pages: 784
Language: English
Series: National Book Critics Circle Award: Fiction Finalists