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The Goldfinch : A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
by Donna Tartt


Overview - WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

" 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

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother.  Read more...


 
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Overview
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

"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

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 his 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 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 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, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780316055444
  • ISBN-10: 0316055441
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books
  • Publish Date: April 2015
  • Page Count: 784
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds


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Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch is at once an epic coming-of-age novel and a sophisticated art-world thriller. The narrator, Theo Decker, is 13 when the novel opens and struggling with the loss of his mother. After her death in an explosion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a valuable Dutch painting ends up in Theo’s hands—a rare work that changes the course of his life. Growing up, Theo lives with the family of a school chum on Park Avenue, then moves in with his father in Las Vegas, where he befriends Boris, a Ukrainian. He eventually makes his way back to New York to work at an antiques store, where he finds himself in the middle of an international mystery, related to the painting, of course. Danger, under-the-table art deals and an appealing protagonist make this novel—Tartt’s third—a true page-turner.

 

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