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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.

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Irish Times

Don't dip your pen in someone else's blood: writers and 'the other'
Irish Times
So we have men writing as women as in Thomas Hardy or Henry James, we have women writing as men – Donna Tartt and Iris Murdoch. We have people writing from the point of view of someone with learning difficulties, from the point of view of an alien, ...

20 new books to read in July
Think Donna Tartt's The Secret History meets Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep meets Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. A new student at a prestigious East Coast school deals with the fallout from dalliances with a secret society and the long-ago disappearance of her ...

Hollywood Reporter

Roger Deakins Wins British Society of Cinematographers Award
Hollywood Reporter
... and Ben Davis for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Deakins' next film is The Goldfinch, the John Crowley-helmed adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by Donna Tartt. It's currently in postproduction and slated for an Oct ...


Summer Reading in JSTOR
“My great grandmother was born in Mississippi, in 1890, and lived in Mississippi for the whole of her life.” On Barrie and Stevenson, by Donna Tartt. “He came to see me at my Atlanta office, after his move back to Plains.” Jimmy Carter's Rabbit, by ...

Winnipeg Free Press

Tracing Tragedy
Winnipeg Free Press
Comparisons might be made with Donna Tartt's epic novel The Goldfinch, for how the latter bides its time, not for its weirdness; or even The Watch That Ends The Night, Canadian Hugh MacLennan's 1950s classic, for how it deals with the subject of death ...

New York Times

An Alternative to the Nobel Prize in Literature, Judged by You
New York Times
There are also 12 Swedes, plus Zadie Smith, Donna Tartt and the French author Édouard Louis, 25, who is acclaimed for his books showing the brutal reality of working-class life in France. Some authors who have been tipped for the Nobel are absent, such ...

The Providence Journal

Thrillers: It's summer, so take your pick from bevy of new suspense tales
The Providence Journal
"The Last Time I Lied" is a stunning triumph of form and function, a book equal parts Donna Tartt's "The Secret History" and Harlan Coben or Lisa Gardner at their level best. Trust me, I'm telling the truth. David Bell is back with the stunningly ...

The Bookseller

Scribe signs 'masterfully-plotted' intergenerational saga
The Bookseller
Scribe has acquired Greenwood by Michael Christie, an intergenerational saga with echoes of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch and David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas. Spanning 100 years, this "masterfully-plotted" literary novel follows the lives of four characters ...

Book of the week, Saturday July 21
Bearskin by James A McLaughlin (Harper Collins) $35. Imagine, if you can, DiCaprio's Revenant, with some of the Shakespearian type of language that overlay the tough events of the wonderful Deadwood, with a hint of Duelling Banjos in the background.

Judge your own alternative to Nobel Prize for Lit | |
Manhattan Mercury
Journalist Alexandra Pascalidou has spent months watching a sexual abuse and corruption scandal unfurl at the Swedish Academy, the august body that ...

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News Archive

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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