The Goldfinch: A Novel (pulitzer Prize For Fiction)

by Donna Tartt

Little, Brown And Company | April 7, 2015 | Trade Paperback

The Goldfinch: A Novel (pulitzer Prize For Fiction) is rated 3.8333 out of 5 by 6.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 784 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 1.38 in

Published: April 7, 2015

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316055441

ISBN - 13: 9780316055444

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very good read! An excellent story, however a little long in the middle, but then again, I find most all books over 400 pages to lag on and on in the middle like this one does. Had an opportunity to see the painting in Dan Hang this summer and loved it.
Date published: 2015-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could barely put it down! I bought this book without really knowing anything about it and I found the story beautifully constructed and absolutely riveting. If I have a negative at all it's that some sections could have been cut down and would have served the same purpose. However, the author shows her talent on so many levels that it's really hard to fault her for taking us down so many different avenues. I became obsessed with the Goldfinch painting and couldn't wait for the outcome. A wonderful book.
Date published: 2015-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great on so many levels. I loved this book- the hardcover was a little tough to navigate while reading at bedtime, but well worth it. One of the main things I liked about this book was the character development of the two adolescents in Vegas. They are left on their own without supervision while their "parents" are off gambling or involved in their unsavory activities. The boys take drugs, skip school, don't eat or eat leftover takeout food they find. Theo is dealing with grief, guilt and having to adjust to living with his father, who has only taken him in in order to access funds he believes Theo will be inheriting. Boris, the immigrant boy who has befriended Theo, has grown up exposed to violence and neglect. Boris's alcoholic, criminal father leaves him to fend for himself while he is away working or in an alcoholic stupor. This book touched me as a parent and a teacher- who hasn't known those kids who are slipping through the cracks through no fault of their own and end up on the street or involved in criminal activity. It's a long book, but I couldn't put it down- I could go on ....
Date published: 2015-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Story but Dragged in Spots Overall a good story but I felt the middle part in Las Vegas really dragged, the book could have been shorten as well since it was pushing 1000 pages and I think the story would have flowed better.
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my favorite The first chapters are interested. After the novel gets into a slow narration.
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Bloated but interested.
Date published: 2015-05-14

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The Goldfinch: A Novel (pulitzer Prize For Fiction)

The Goldfinch: A Novel (pulitzer Prize For Fiction)

by Donna Tartt

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 784 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 1.38 in

Published: April 7, 2015

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316055441

ISBN - 13: 9780316055444

From the Publisher

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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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)