In her long overdue third
novel, Donna Tartt weaves a coming-of-age story filled with adventures that
takes the reader from New York City to Las Vegas to Amsterdam. The 13-year-old
protagonist, Theo, finds himself orphaned after the tragic death of his mother.
The only thing he cares about now is a painting of a goldfinch done by his
mother’s favorite painter, Fabritius. The painting turns out to be both his destruction
and his redemption. Through it, Theo is drawn into the dark side of New York
City’s art world and eventually, into the light of salvation.
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"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 (Starred Review)