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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. (blog)

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Book Review (blog)
The Goldfinch, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014 and several other notable awards, is Donna Tartt's third full-length novel. Each award-winning novel was published ten years apart so by the time The Goldfinch came out, it was a ...

Why the backlash against Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch' was so extreme (2014 ...
The novel, Tartt's third, soared through the winter and spring on a frenzy of love, not just dominating bestseller lists but also award shortlists. When it won the prestigious Pulitzer in April, some literary observers simply could not sit back and ...
The gripping novels of 2014The Oxford Times

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The backlash against Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch - snobbery or necessity?
South China Morning Post (subscription)
Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, published late in 2013, was the novel everyone wanted to talk about last year. It sold more than a million copies - and more are selling as you read this - and won the Pulitzer Prize. And it's trash. So said critics at some ...

The Independent

Michael Pennington, actor & memoirist: If Philip Roth is like Chekhov, Donna ...
The Independent
What a master. He makes the story of one man's terminal decline funny and somehow liberating, all in 180 pages. Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/him. Donna Tartt, for The Goldfinch. If Roth is like Chekhov, she is up there with Dickens.

The Guardian

Why Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch might be the best-seller that nobody can finish
The Guardian
... probably read the book to the end, as did a whole raft of new readers, which propelled her up the bestseller charts. And those readers who didn't finish it still paid for it, so Donna Tartt can mop up those tears with crisp tenners, which will ...

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 ...

Inside the List
New York Times
5, 2014, Donna Tartt's novel “The Goldfinch” was going strong at No. 3, just behind John Grisham's “Sycamore Row” and Mitch Albom's “The First Phone Call From Heaven.” The others have long since fallen off the hardcover list and turned up in paperback ...

Regina Leader-Post

What is bought is not always read
Regina Leader-Post
Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch was the most downloaded and least completed novel of 2014. While the novel has been critically acclaimed, it is likely its length (784 pages in print) that proved daunting for some. Other findings from the Kobo survey: Of ...

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12 Classic Books That Got Horrible Reviews When They First Came Out
Huffington Post
Donna Tartt was preceded by a slew of talented writers whose works were initially snubbed by critics. Fitzgerald's Gatsby (y'know -- the Great one?) was originally panned as "obviously unimportant," and Brave New World was once said to be "heavy-handed ...

Mount Pleasant Library Corner
The Daily Tribune
... “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty, “Station Eleven” by Emily St John Mandel, “Trust No One” by Jayne Ann Krentz, “The Third Target”by Joel C. Rosenberg, “Redeployment” by Phil Klay and “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt. “The Goldfinch” has been on ...

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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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