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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.

Mississippi Business Journal

BOOK BIZ — If you haven't read The Goldfinch, please do
Mississippi Business Journal
When native Mississippian Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for The Goldfinch in 2014, all of us Mississippians were proud. Her honor was duly reported in this column, but I didn't run out and buy it. I wanted to read it, but somehow, at ...

Boston Globe

Boston Globe
Station Eleven By Emily St. John Mandel Vintage. 6. The Goldfinch By Donna Tartt Back Bay. 7. Americanah By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Anchor. 8. Everything I Never Told You By Celeste Ng Penguin. 9. The Invention of Wings By Sue Monk Kidd Penguin.

and more »

ABC News
9. "The Official SAT Study Guide(2016) (College Board). 10. "The Vacationers" by Emma Straub (Riverhead). 11. "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press). 12. "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt (LB/Back Bay). 13. "Station Eleven" by Emily St.

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Bangor Daily News (blog)

Appreciation of art
Bangor Daily News (blog)
I recently read a novel titled The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt that expresses the same kind of permanence in visual art. Dutch artist Carel Fabritius died at age 32 in 1654, the year he created a small, relatively colorless painting of a shackled bird, a ...


An Introvert's Guide to Eating and Drinking Out
In college, I took Emily Dickinson to bars. I had a Dickinson seminar to prepare for, and I thought we both needed to get out. I would find a back booth with just enough light to read, order a beer, and open my copy of the Final Harvest collection ...

"Szczygieł" - Donna Tartt zaprasza na ucztę
Donna Tartt pisze powoli, jej książki ukazują się co 10-11 lat. Ale dzięki temu może smakować słowa, kreślić szczegóły, szukać odpowiedzi na najważniejsze pytania. Pewien chłopak traci matkę w wybuchu, do jakiego dochodzi w muzeum. Z ruin wykrada ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Feature review: The dream of the '90s alive in Pavement, Bully and Veruca Salt
Sydney Morning Herald
The first instalment of non-album tracks, B-sides, alternate versions, John Peel sessions and an entire live show from 1992 comes with a suitably hip '90s Donna Tartt reference for a title: The Secret History Vol. 1. Those purists and completists who ...

'Goldfinch' book worth reading
I finished author Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch in two weeks, not an easy feat given its large-print length of over 1,200 pages. The fiction story held my attention and I found the characters engaging. Theo Decker is a young teen when he visits a New ...

Northville book group has friends, focus, learning
The women read Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch last year, which tells of young Theo Decker whose mother dies in an art museum explosion. Debbie Dunbar of Northville joined the book group this past March. “I retired in February so I then have the time to do ...

The Independent

How Shirley Jackson became the 'sorceress at the sink'
The Independent
Much of the golden thread of Gothic and uncanny fiction in English passes through a female line – from Mary Shelley and Charlotte Bronte to Daphne du Maurier, Angela Carter, Susan Hill and Donna Tartt. But Jackson, more than most of her sisters in ...

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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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