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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.


Whispers To The Heart: Jessica Lowry Vizzutti And Donna Tartt Reflect On Inspiration
Vizzutti pairs her reflection with a passage from the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. The Goldfinch tells a fictional story of a young man who loses his mother in the bombing of a museum. This destructive act ...

New York Times

Beyoncé Talks Fashion (and Her Mom) at the CFDA Awards
New York Times
“I admired her from afar,” Wes Gordon, the designer, said of his date, Donna Tartt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who is not a regular on the fashion circuit (and persuaded out of her customary trousers for an evening). “We played dress-up,” Ms ...
Beyoncé Is Officially a Fashion IconWall Street Journal
Beyonce Provides the Splash (and Reminder) the CFDA Awards NeededInStyle
Beverly's Angela Luna attends CFDA AwardsThe Boston Globe

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Summer books: the psychology behind a perfect beach read
... intertwining characters and experimental formats—there's even a PowerPoint chapter. I'm jealous if you haven't read this yet.” A Secret History by Donna Tartt “Totally a page-turner. It traps you in the insularity and arrogance of a college nerd ...

Foxboro Reporter

Boyden now has bookstore, thanks to Friends
Foxboro Reporter
Some of the books for sale are "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," by J.K. Rowling, "The Goldfinch," by Donna Tartt, "The Sworn Sword," by George R. R. Martin and "A Salty Piece of Land," by Jimmy Buffett. The shop has two locations, one on the ...

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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 condemn anti-LGBT lawThe Guardian
Authors Grisham and Tartt call for repeal of anti-LGBT lawBBC News
Grisham, 94 other Mississippi authors demand anti-LGBT law be repealedThe Japan Times
Jackson Clarion Ledger -LGBTQ Nation
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IGN Presents the History of Awesome: 2013
By IGN Nostalgia Editors Welcome back to IGN's History of Awesome - a year-long look back at all the coolest and most influential games, movies, TV shows, comic books, toys, and tech that have shaped pop culture, and shaped the lives of an entire ...

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 ...

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Quick Question: What book do you think is a good summer read?
“'The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt. It's a coming-of-age story that follows a boy from very early on. There are lots of twists and turns and surprises. It's about art, it's a love story, it's about New York; it's a fascinating book about all the ...

Evening Standard

The Girls: why Emma Cline's cult novel will be the most gripping book you'll read this summer
Evening Standard
With its precocious narrator and its dark explorations of friendship politics, it's the novel that comes closest to matching the intoxicating prose, suspenseful storytelling and abrupt violence that have made Donna Tartt's 1992 novel such an enduring cult.

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Read It and Reap: What to do when reading's not an option
Worcester Telegram
Finally, don't forget the Audio Book Club in Worcester, Listeners may call in to Speaking Volumes, 508-752-0557, to join the 8 p.m. monthly discussion. Up for July 5 is "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt. ***. Judith Ferrara ...

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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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