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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt


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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Published by Little, Brown and Company in 2013

A young boy, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an explosion at the New York Metropolitan Museum that takes the life of his mother. From the wreckage he manages to ‘save’ a 1654 painting - The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius. The painting, which is Theo’s last link with his mother, takes on a special significance for him and is at the centre of this 700 page novel. “The painting,” Theo observes, “was the still point where it all hinged: dreams and signs, past and future, luck and fate.”

Theo moves between New York, Las Vegas and Amsterdam, meeting memorable characters on the way, all the time suffering the intense loss of his mother. The painting draws him into the criminal underworld of art theft and forgeries and the book ends with the 27 year old Theo in Amsterdam in some sort of a predicament as he contemplates the events that lead him to this point.
This is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the life-changing power of art.

‘A long-awaited, elegant meditation on love, memory, and the haunting power of art’ Kirkus

The Goldfinch is a triumph . . . Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction.’ Stephen King, New York Times

'An astonishing achievement. If anyone has lost their love of storytelling this will most certainly return it to them' Kamila Shamsie, Guardian

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