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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

The Incendiaries by RO Kwon: overhyped debut fails to ignite
Irish Times
The stylish writing and interesting subject matter are lost in a plodding narrative that feels like a paint-by-numbers attempt at Donna Tartt's The Secret History. Elite college setting? Check. Working class narrator who invents a preppy persona to ...

The Daily Herald

John Grisham's new novel wades into Mississippi's racist past
The Daily Herald
The state's dazzling constellation of current writers — Jesmyn Ward, Natasha Trethewey, Donna Tartt, Richard Ford, Ellen Gilchrist, Greg Iles, Angie Thomas, Michael Farris Smith and so on — deal with the race question in ways small or large, in one ...

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Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

A Southern vegan shares genius recipes, evocative photos
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
From the state that gave us Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Donna Tartt and Julia Reed, “Mississippi Vegan” is a soulful and affecting self-portrait by a Southern original. Time to break out the Floral Beard Oil and Calming Face Mist.

Hollywood Reporter

Ansel Elgort to Star in Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story'
Hollywood Reporter
The New York-born actor broke out by breaking hearts in the 2014 weepie drama The Fault in Our Stars. His next outing will be in The Goldfinch, an adaptation of the Donna Tartt novel, which is set for release on Oct. 11, 2019. Elgort is repped by CAA ...
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Steven Spielberg's West Side Story Remake Has Cast Its Lead ActorCinema Blend
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Kroll & Co., Warner Bros. Acquire Annie Ward's Upcoming Debut Thriller Novel 'Beautiful Bad'
Also down the road for Kroll & Co. is Edward Norton's crime drama Motherless Brooklyn due out next year; John Crowley's The Goldfinch, based on Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel opening Oct. 11 next year; and the DC action adventure Blackhawk ...

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The Man in The High Castle season 3 cast: Who is in the cast?
Kleintank has previously appeared in Pretty Little Liars and Bones, and will soon appear in the big-screen adaptation of Donna Tartt novel The Goldfinch. Ed McCarthy - DJ Qualls. Ed McCarthy is the best friend of Frank and works with him at the ...
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The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Professor Is In: How to Discourage Sycophancy in Graduate School
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Some storylines subvert the trope: In Donna Tartt's novel, The Secret History, idealization of the eccentric brilliant classics professor at a fictionalized version of Bennington College leads to his students committing murder. Whatever the angle, the ...

Tom Cruise shielded Nicole Kidman from abuse
... project Destroyer, which will hit US theatres on December 21 and December 25, respectively. Then in 2019, expect the return of Big Little Lies on HBO and the premiere of The Goldfinch, a film based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Donna Tartt.
Nicole Kidman Married Tom Cruise for Love — and Got ProtectionThe Cut

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Nell Hudson's Supporting Role In 'Informer' Sees Her Out Of A Corset & Into The Fire
NH: For the last five years, I've been hounding my boyfriend to read The Secret History by Donna Tartt. It's in my top favourite books of all time and now he's finally reading it and I'm so stoked because it means I get to talk about it with him. I ...

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The Guardian

The Major Oak is an ancient tree in which woodland? The Weekend quiz
The Guardian
13 1985 famine relief charity records: US; Canada; Latin America; French artists. 14 The Little… literary works: Donna Tartt; Sarah Waters; Hans Christian Andersen; Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. 15 Birthplaces of British Tour de France winners: Bradley ...

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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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