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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.

The Guardian

Why Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch might be the best-seller that nobody can finish
The Guardian
Not even Donna Tartt. Kobo – the e-bookseller – has released two sets of figures: for books bought this year, and for books finished. The Goldfinch was its 37th best-selling book, but only 44% of those who started it managed to complete it. Perhaps ...


The Movie Adaptation of Donna Tartt's Novel The Goldfinch Is Underway
Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch will be adapted for the screen by award-winning screenwriter Peter Straughan. Straughan won a BAFTA and received an Oscar nomination for Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, which he adapted from the John le Carre novel with his late ...
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy screenwriter to adapt The GoldfinchThe Guardian
Pulitzer Prize Novel 'The Goldfinch' Adapted By 'Frank' Scribe Peter
'The Goldfinch' movie nets 'Tinker Tailor' scribe Peter StraughanLos Angeles Times
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The Guardian

Ebooks can tell which novels you didn't finish
The Guardian
The Goldfinch may have won Donna Tartt the Pulitzer, praised by judges as a novel which “stimulates the mind and touches the heart”, but the acclaimed title's 800-odd pages appear to have intimidated British readers, with less than half of those who ...
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Do you know what happens at the end of The Goldfinch?
It turns out that only 44.4 per cent of those who embarked on Donna Tartt's 880-page, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel kept reading until the final paragraph – where the bird comes to life, meets his goldfinch bride and they live happily ever after ...

Likely Stories: The Secret History
My recent introduction to Donna Tartt and her third novel, The Goldfinch, so overwhelmed me, I craved more of her work. The Secret History is her first novel, and it proved to be every bit as exciting, suspenseful, and interesting. Unfortunately, Tartt ...

Boston Business Journal (blog)

Five tech and startup books we read in 2014
Boston Business Journal (blog)
While Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch" topped my list of favorite novels this year, Boston Business Journal tech editor David Harris and I also read several books on topics related to startups and technology. If you haven't read these already, here's why ...

The Guardian (blog)

Not the Booker prize shortlist: a long look at Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch
The Guardian (blog)
Which goes to explain why editing Donna Tartt must be a daunting task. Why it would have taken steel cojones to ask her to trim down some of The Goldfinch's 864 pages. Why no one would want to be the person to tell her that the last 30 pages of her ...

Cincinnati Business Courier (blog)

Need a good book? Check out the reading list of these Cincinnati CEOs
Cincinnati Business Courier (blog)
Editor Rob Daumeyer: "The Goldfinch," Donna Tartt's Pulitzer-Prize winning novel. Managing Editor Lisa Benson: "The Lost City of Z," by David Grann. Digital editor Erin Caproni, who is masochistically making her way through the entire AP English ...

Edmonton Journal

Our favourite books of 2014
Edmonton Journal
I could mention Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, Chad Harbach's The Art of Fielding or Rick Perlstein's The Invisible Bridge among many other satisfying pursuits. But I'd like to dedicate this little space to the many chronicles of Nero Wolfe, penned by ...

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Donna Tartt ha vinto il Pulitzer, ma più della metà dei lettori non finisce il suo libro
Il cardellino di Donna Tartt ha vinto il Pulitzer ed è stato elogiato dalla giuria del premio come romanzo “che stimola la mente e tocca il cuore”, ma il 55 per cento degli utenti che lo ha scaricato come ebook sul lettore Kobo non è riuscito ad ...
Donna Tartt trionfa anche nella top ten dei libri non finitiFIRSTonline

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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.

Read the Prologue.

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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