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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.


The Movie Adaptation of Donna Tartt's Novel The Goldfinch Is Underway
Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch will be adapted for the screen by award-winning screenwriter Peter Straughan. Straughan won a BAFTA and received an Oscar nomination for Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, which he adapted from the John le Carre novel with his late ...


Peter Straughan to Adapt Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch'
Warner Bros. has tapped Peter Straughan to adapt the big screen version of Donna Tartt's “The Goldfinch,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. “The Goldfinch,” described as a Dickensian adventure story, takes place over two decades ...
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy screenwriter to adapt The GoldfinchThe Guardian
'The Goldfinch' movie nets 'Tinker Tailor' scribe Peter StraughanLos Angeles Times
'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Writer to Tackle 'Goldfinch' Movie AdaptationHollywood Reporter

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Glamour (blog)

Attention, All Donna Tartt Fans: New Details About The Goldfinch Movie Are Here!
Glamour (blog)
So, as any other mega-fan reader would do, I've attempted to fill that hole by obsessively reading articles about Donna Tartt and poring over details about the forthcoming film adaptation—which, on both accounts, are fairly sparse. Ever since the ...

New York Times

Authors sign up to raise Barnes & Noble's sales
Boston Globe
The chain recruited 100 prominent authors — including Donna Tartt, David Mitchell, Dan Brown, E.L. James, Jeff Kinney, George W. Bush, and Hillary Clinton — to each sign roughly 5,000 copies of their latest books. The company will distribute the 500 ...
For Black Friday, Barnes & Noble Announces Largest-Ever Signed Edition ...MarketWatch
Barnes & Noble Kicks Off Black Friday Weekend with Incredible Offers Including ...Business Wire (press release)

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Irish Independent

Five Irish novels long-listed for prestigious IMPAC Dublin Literary award
Irish Independent
They will be up against competition from The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan – winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize; The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and The Good Lord Bird by James McBride, ...
Five Irish authors are up for the world's most valuable book
Roddy Doyle and Colum McCann among IMPAC Award (subscription)

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The Week Magazine

Gillian Anderson's 6 favorite books
The Week Magazine
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown, $30). Full disclosure: I am only partway through Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. But I can already tell it's going to be one of my favorites. — Gillian Anderson plays Hannibal Lecter's ...

Irish Times

Five Irish novels on Impac longlist
Irish Times
Novels which have recently featured on prize lists such as the Man Booker and the Bailey's Prize, Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland -shortlist for both - and Donna Tartt's Bailey's contender The Goldfinch have been long listed as had Tim Winton's Eyrie which ...

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The Guardian (blog)

Not the Booker prize shortlist: a long look at Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch
The Guardian (blog)
Which goes to explain why editing Donna Tartt must be a daunting task. Why it would have taken steel cojones to ask her to trim down some of The Goldfinch's 864 pages. Why no one would want to be the person to tell her that the last 30 pages of her ...

RTL Nieuws

Het Puttertje van Donna Tartt wordt verfilmd
In het boek wordt het schilderij gestolen door een jongen die een bomaanslag in een museum overleeft. Naar verwachting wordt Donna Tartt betrokken bij creatieve beslissingen en de regie van de film. Peter Straughan heeft ervaring met boekverfilmingen.
Donna Tartts Het puttertje wordt verfilmdRTL Nieuws
Nieuwe verfilming voor '1984'; ook Tartts 'Puttertje' wordt

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The Fashion Spot

How to Tie a Necktie Like Donna Tartt
The Fashion Spot
Unless you're a radio-less cave dweller in the bowels of Appalachia, you've probably heard of Donna Tartt. Since she debuted her 1992 cult classic The Secret History at the age of 28, she's been likened to Charles Dickens for her prose and J.D ...
Profile: David

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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.

Read the Prologue.

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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