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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.

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch to be made into film
Donna Tartt's third novel, The Goldfinch, has already attracted critical plaudits, a string of award nominations and a Pulitzer Prize. Its success continues with news that Warner Bros has acquired the film rights to the book, and that a feature film ...
Warner Bros, RatPac Close Deal For Donna Tartt'
Donna Tartt's 'Goldfinch' lands movie dealThe Seattle Times (blog)
Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch to be adapted into film after Warner Bros 'buys ...The Independent
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Brett Ratner to Produce Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch' for Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. has acquired feature film rights to Donna Tartt's bestselling novel “The Goldfinch” in a deal that comes three weeks after TheWrap first reported the studio was the frontrunner for the high-profile project. In the interim, RatPac ...

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch Scores Film Adaptation
Paste Magazine
It's been less than a year since Donna Tartt's novel The Goldfinch hit shelves, but it's made quite a splash. Besides ranking on dozens of year-end lists, the book earned Tartt the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. And now, The Goldfinch is making waves ...

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch Is Going To Be A Movie
Wild. Americanah. This Is Where I Leave You. Hollywood's been hitting the library lately, which means your book club's latest read is bound to be adapted into a film. Another recent tome to add to the list: Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch. The movie rights ...

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch to be made into a movie
Radio Times
She may have been the shock omission from last week's Man Booker Prize longlist, but author Donna Tartt is laughing all the way to the bank as her best-selling novel The Goldfinch is set for the silver screen after Warner Bros studio snapped up the ...

Warner Bros & RatPac Secure Film Rights to Donna Tartt's Best-Selling Novel ...
Broadway World
Warner Bros. previously acquired the rights to Tartt's novel SECRET HISTORY. Color Force's Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson will produce the film adaptation of THE GOLDFINCH alongside Brett Ratner, with James Packer executive producing.

Booker Prize 2014: Donna Tartt fails to make longlist
Howard Jacobson could win his second Booker Prize. The other surprise on the list is the judges' decision not to include Donna Tartt. Her novel, The Goldfinch, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in April. Five American novels do make the longlist: To ...
Man Booker Prize 2014: Donna Tartt left off new international longlist as ...The Independent
Longlist, long facesThe Economist (blog)
2014 Man Booker Prize Longlist Revealedmarie claire magazine Australia
The Australian -The Guardian -Entertainment Weekly (blog)
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Brett Ratner, Warner Bros. snag film rights for Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch'
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tartt's third novel follows a 13-year-old boy who survives a museum bombing, but his mother doesn't. After her death he makes off with the Carel Farbitius painting The Goldfinch, which his mother loved. The story ...


Warner Bros. Is Frontrunner to Acquire Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch' (Exclusive)
Warners has made a competitive offer, though the studio is not in active negotiations yet for the rights, which aren't expected to come easy – Tartt is seeking to be involved in creative decisions, just as E L James was closely involved with the ...
The Goldfinch Movie May Be in the Works From Warner Bros., Donna TarttUs Magazine
Will Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch' Work Better on Film or TV?Wall St. Cheat Sheet
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Stephen King, Donna Tartt backing anti-Amazon letter
In this Feb. 9, 2009 file photo, author Stephen King reads from his latest book "Ur" at a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File). NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen King, Nora Roberts and Donna Tartt are among the hundreds of authors who ...
King, Tartt among backers of anti-Amazon letterSalt Lake Tribune
King, Tartt among those backing anti-Amazon letterAlbuquerque Journal

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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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