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The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt
Release date: October 22, 2013

The author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel.

A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld.

Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America, and a drama of almost unbearable acuity and power. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art.

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I Am So Jealous of Tavi Gevinson's Custom Secret History Jacket
The Cut
Fans of Donna Tartt's cult novel — and if you're not, what are you waiting for? — will note that the jacket is full of amazing details, like patches featuring Mount Cataract and the 'Hampden College Deerslayers,' various Greek letters, a Henry name ...

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Priscilla Presley's documentary tells 'actual story' of Elvis' life | Page ...
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"It was no easy beginning. He struggled. You'll see it's heart-wrenching."

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The Daily Star (satire)

Of secrets and Greek culture
The Daily Star (satire)
“It's a very Greek idea, and a very profound one. Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it.” Donna Tartt's love for Greek culture is reflected in her bestselling debut novel, “The Secret History”. In a Vermont-based fictitious ...

The Guardian

Critic turned author James Wood: 'Sometimes I think I've lost my nerve. I'm not slaying people any more'
The Guardian
... when he was conscious of the class difference between himself and his peers). If this temperament and background can be said to have a stylistic expression, it is there in Wood's brevity and precision, and in the sense that everything he does is ...

The Times

Review: The Killing of Butterfly Joe by Rhidian Brook — a flighty sort of road trip
The Times
Fictional cliques are a good way to catch readers. All children (and a distressing number of adults) want to go to Hogwarts. Everyone who has read Donna Tartt's book The Secret History wants to hang out with her gang of haughty classicists. And now I'd ...

Northwest writer Sherman Alexie declines literary award
When it announced Alexie's medal in February, the ALA praised him for writing "a courageous, enlightening, anguished, and funny memoir told in prose and poetry that pays tribute to his Spokane Indian mother and reveals many complex traumas and ...

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New York Times

Dear Match Book: Seeking Literary Page-Turners
New York Times
Dear Match Book,. I am 28 years old, and I grew up in a conservative Christian home in Alberta, Canada. Even now I would still consider myself a little right of center. I didn't grow up a reader, but I always wanted to be one. Over the last 10 years, I ...

The dish
Greenwich Time
The movie adaption of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Goldfinch,” written by Donna Tartt is filming on Westchester Avenue in Rye, N.Y., near the School of the Holy Child. The film, starring Nicole Kidman, Luke Wilson, Ansel Elgort, Finn Wolfhard ...

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Late columnist Liz Smith honored at literacy gala
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The evening was hosted by Smith's longtime friend Cynthia McFadden and included a video tribute introduced by Holland Taylor, who called the former New York Post columnist “the most wonderful person I ever met.” Also there was Taylor's girlfriend ...

Nicole Kidman Is Unrecognizable on the Set of The Goldfinch
The adaptation of Donna Tartt's best-selling novel will also star Ansel Elgort, Sarah Paulson, and Luke Wilson. By Caroline Hallemann. Mar 12, 2018. nicole kidman. Getty Images. The first photos from the set of The Goldfinch, the film adaptation of ...
Nicole Kidman Has a Ruff Time on 'Goldfinch' Set with DoggoThe Blast
Nicole Kidman Looks Completely Unrecognisable - No, ReallyMarie Claire
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What's Donna Tartt Working on Now?

With The Little Friend finally complete, Tartt is now reported to be working on a version of the myth of Daedalus and Icarus, due to be published by Canongate as part of a series that will feature updated fables by Philip Pullman, Margaret Atwood, Jeanette Winterson and JM Coetzee.

The Little Friend

The hugely anticipated new novel by the author of The Secret History a best-seller nationwide and around the world, and one of the most astonishing debuts in recent times. Read all about it here.

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The Secret History - the movie

Director: Scott Hicks

Screenplay: Christopher Hampton

Runtime: 91 mins

A long-planned film of the book dropped into one of the most protracted developments hells in Hollywood history. The project passed through the indecisive hands of Alan Pakula, Christopher Hampton and Scott Hicks to end up (possibly...) as a Warner-Miramax venture with the sibling duo of Gwyneth Paltrow as producer and Jake Paltrow as director.

- Boyd Tonkin,, The Secret History: Whatever happened to Donna Tartt?, May 21, 2002

The best-selling Donna Tartt novel The Secret History continues its circuitous path towards the silver screen. Hyphenate Alan J. Pakula was the first to set to work on the project, initially planning to direct it, later merely to produce. His untimely death is but the latest in a series of setbacks for the piece, which has seen drafts by Rafael Yglesias, Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, and Christopher Hampton. Shine helmer Scott Hicks had expressed some interest in the pic, which tells the chilly tale of five students who are caught in the thrall of a brilliant classics professor, only to accidentally commit a murder while carying out an ancient Greek ritual.

-, the development report, April 1999

Donna Tartt, on her new novel, tentatively titled "Tribulation", due out early 2002

Excerpt from the interview

"When I was writing this book I was thinking very much about Stevenson, who I love, very much about Treasure Island and the pirates, and you know, Long John Silver, - books that I loved as a child. This is a book about children, but it's not a book for children. It's a frightening book. It's a scary book. It's fairly dark. It's about children coming into contact with adults. It doesn't take place wholly in the world of children (when I say children, I mean twelve years old...) And coming into contact with the world of adults in a very frightening way. (...) It's finished. I'm doing the edits now, the rewriting..." - Donna Tartt

The Secret History of Donna Tartt

by Mark Coles, Arts Correspondent


April 2001

"...Donna Tartt is preparing her comeback too... She has finished her second novel - well almost - 'I'm editing it down at the moment,' she says.
'It's a book about children - but not for children - its a frightening scary book about children coming into contact with the world of adults in a very frightening way'. So why had it taken so long to write? 'I can't write quickly. If I could write a book a year and maintain the same quality I'd be happy. I'd love to write a book a year but I don't think I'd have any fans'. Donna Tartt's new novel - with the provisional title 'Tribulation' is scheduled for publication early next year."

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Whatever Happened to Donna Tartt?


April 2001

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