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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.

Chicago Tribune

The Biblioracle: Donna Tartt's 'Goldfinch' deserves more than a movie
Chicago Tribune
It was recently announced that one of my favorite novels of recent vintage, Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Goldfinch" had found a director and was on a path toward filming. Normally, I would greet this news with cheer. While film adaptations ...

The Debrief

7 Amazing Mystery Novels You Need To Listen To On Audible
The Debrief
The best Donna Tartt IMHO. Yes, even better than The Goldfinch. If you haven't read this 1992 work of genius it's about time you did. It concerns an upper class, dead fancy, private university in Vermont, much like, as many have pointed out, Donna ...

WeAreTheCity (press release) (blog)

My Tragic Date on Wandsworth Common
WeAreTheCity (press release) (blog)
Studying the label I wondered whether Blossom Hill was a real place. A scene of gentle wonder unfurled in my mind – a tableau of noble artisans lunching under the noonday sun. As Donna rattled on about summer in the city I pictured myself among the ...

New York Times

Nathan Hill Is Compared to John Irving. Irving Compares Him to ...
New York Times
Mr. Hill's first novel, a piece of social satire called “The Nix,” already has admirers in high places.

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'Brooklyn' Helmer John Crowley To Direct Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Novel 'Goldfinch'
EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn helmer John Crowley has been tapped by RatPac Entertainment and Warner Bros to direct the screen adaptation of Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller The Goldfinch. The film will be produced by Nina Jacobson and Brad ...
Brooklyn Director John Crowley to Helm Film Adaptation of Donna Tartt's The GoldfinchPaste Magazine
'The Goldfinch': Why Director John Crowley Is The Perfect Pick To Helm Donna Tartt's Literary MasterpieceIndieWire
Brooklyn director to take reins of The Goldfinch film adaptionThe Guardian
Huffington Post -TheWrap
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Il cardellino, di Donna Tartt: storia e recensione
Il Cardellino (titolo originale The Goldfinch) è il terzo romanzo della scrittrice statunitense Donna Tartt. Pubblicato nel 2013, dopo un' incubazione durata 10 anni, il libro è valso all' autrice il Premio Pulitzer per la narrativa 2014. Protagonista ...

The Straits Times

The Nix big thing, Arts News & Top Stories - The Straits Times
The Straits Times
Like so many optimistic young Master of Fine Arts graduates, he moved to New York City in his 20s with a hard drive full of short stories, hoping to land an agent ...

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Hollywood Reporter

'Brooklyn' Helmer to Direct Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch' | Hollywood ...
Hollywood Reporter
It's a huge assignment considering the book's prestige, and John Crowley is an apt choice given that both 'Brooklyn' and 'The Goldfinch' are coming-of-age ...

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John Grisham, Donna Tartt among 95 Mississippi authors urging repeal of anti-LGBT law
In this Aug. 22, 2015 file photo, John Grisham speaks about his writing process at the Mississippi Book Festival. Ninety-five Mississippi authors, including Grisham and Donna Tartt, are calling on state officials to repeal a law that will let ...
John Grisham, Donna Tartt call on Mississippi to repeal anti-LGBTQ lawWashington Post
95 Mississippi authors condemn anti-LGBT lawThe Guardian
Authors Grisham and Tartt call for repeal of anti-LGBT lawBBC News

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Author and critic Lev Grossman on why there are no good books
The Sydney Morning Herald
He gives the example of The Secret History by Donna Tartt, a 1992 literary novel that was also a mystery thriller and a huge bestseller that helped changed the rules. When he began writing, Grossman says, "I fancied myself as a Zadie Smith or a ...

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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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