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.
Monday Night Book Club Reviews: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Meaford Independent
Donna Tartt first burst onto the scene in 1996 with her debut novel The Secret History, which brought her much acclaim. Her second novel, The Little Friend, published in 2004, was panned by critics and the public, leading to speculation that she was in ...
March of the megabooks: it's all Donna Tartt's fault
March of the megabooks: it's all Donna Tartt's fault. The success of The Goldfinch means that this year's biggest novels are its biggest novels. What happened to the beauty of brevity? You might have to reinforce your bookshelves if this trend continues.
Mississippi Business Journal
BOOK BIZ: Donna Tartt's first book stands the test of time
Mississippi Business Journal
With the publication of her third novel, The Goldfinch, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Mississippian Donna Tartt's place in literary history was assured. Her first book, The Secret History, is every bit as fascinating and has been ...
Slate Magazine (blog)
When Did Books Get So Freaking Enormous? The Year of the Very Long Novel.
Slate Magazine (blog)
She countered that Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries and Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, both longer than her book, were poised to do pretty well that year. She also emailed a list of successful long novels, as well as a “passive-aggressive picture” of her ...
Kansas City Star
Ask Andy: Is the Royals' losing streak cause for concern?
Kansas City Star
A four-game losing streak just feels less catastrophic a season after reaching the World Series. The Royals are experiencing the benefit of their playoff run here as they stumble through the end of May. And yet panic does not appear to be gripping the ...
Recenzja książki: Donna Tartt, „Szczygieł”
Donna Tartt zafundowała mu inne losy – chłopiec Theo wynosi go po wybuchu bomby z nowojorskiego Metropolitan Museum. Obraz trafia do katalogu dzieł zaginionych, a tymczasem leży opakowany w papier w kolejnych miejscach, gdzie mieszka Theo.
'I Saw a Man', by Owen Sheers
Despite this, fans of Ian McEwan and Donna Tartt will find that the central conceit of I Saw A Man is strong enough, and vividly enough realised, to make up for any missteps in its execution. In considering a set of actions and their consequences from ...
Neal Stephenson's sci-fi novel 'Seveneves' debuts at No. 3
1. PERSONAL. (Dell, $9.99). By Lee Child. Jack Reacher must stop a sniper from killing the president of France. . 2. THE GOLDFINCH. (Back Bay, $20). By Donna Tartt. The coming-of-age story of a young man who lost his mother in a terrorist bombing. .
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, independent.co.uk, 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.
- inhollywood.com, 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
"...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."
Whatever Happened to Donna Tartt?
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