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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.

Washington Post

John Grisham, Donna Tartt call on Mississippi to repeal anti-LGBTQ law
Washington Post
Bestselling novelist John Grisham, Pulitzer Prize winner Donna Tartt and National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward were among those who signed a statement today calling for the repeal of House Bill 1523. The measure, signed by Gov. Phil Bryant (R) last ...
95 Mississippi authors call for repeal of anti-LGBT
Authors Grisham and Tartt call for repeal of anti-LGBT lawBBC News
95 Mississippi authors condemn anti-LGBT lawThe Guardian
Jackson Clarion Ledger
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Town and Country Magazine (blog)

John Grisham, Donna Tartt, and Other Writers Are Opposing Mississsippi's Anti-LGBT Law
Town and Country Magazine (blog)
Ninety-five Mississippi writers released a letter yesterday opposing the controversial "religious freedom" law that Governor Phil Bryant signed last week. House Bill 1523, known as the "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination ...
Dems seek to undo Mississippi LGBT law, but likely to failMinneapolis Star Tribune

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New York Times

Inside The New York Times Book Review: Celebrating 10 Years
New York Times
And over the ensuding decade, the show would welcome John Updike, Toni Morrison, Donna Tartt and Keith Richards, among many others. On this special episode of the podcast, Pamela Paul, the current editor of the Book Review and host of the podcast, ...

New York Times

Nick Offerman: By the Book
New York Times
That said, I am consistently thrilled by George Saunders, Sarah Vowell, Wendell Berry, Bill Bryson, Elizabeth Gilbert, Michael Pollan, Donna Tartt, Martin Amis; and we recently really enjoyed the audiobooks “Big Little Lies,” by Liane Moriarty; “Guns ...

Beauty is Terror: A Classically Modern Tragedy
Scarlet and Black
As a classics major myself, I suppose it's apt that my final book review should be about Donna Tartt's breakout novel, “The Secret History,” a story of death, beauty and psychological breakdown — with some classics majors thrown in. Many might ...

New York Times

Men Have Book Clubs, Too
New York Times
Especially popular NYC Gay Guys' Book Club novels have included “Giovanni's Room” by James Baldwin, “A Single Man” by Christopher Isherwood and “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt, Mr. Tomlinson said. The selection process, he added, is largely ...

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Daily Mail

CHICK LIT: WHO'S THAT GIRL? by Mhairi McFarlane
Daily Mail
The author is an alumni of the creative writing course at Bennington College, Vermont, where my top three favourite American writers - Bret Easton Ellis, Donna Tartt and Jay McInerney- also studied. This is along the same incisively intelligent and ...

The Sun Herald

95 Mississippi writers want anti-LGBT law repealed
The Sun Herald
Among those who signed are John Grisham, who has sold millions of thrillers; W. Ralph Eubanks, whose latest book is "The House at the End of the Road: Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South"; Donna Tartt, who won the Pulitzer ...

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Today's Hair & Beauty Stories
The Shake It Out singer frequently collaborates with the group's founders, including setting up a coveted interview with Donna Tartt to discuss the author's most recent novel, The Goldfinch. Across the pond, Reese Witherspoon has been sharing her ...

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Steve Kilgallon: Best Books I Never Wrote
I'm somewhat in awe of that American tradition —Tom Wolfe, Donna Tartt — of writing big, sprawling, infinitely detailed novels which create an entire landscape: I really like what Richard Price does with his gritty US crime/cop novels, where everyone ...

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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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