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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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Donna Tartt
Jackson Free Press
Before "The Goldfinch" (Little, Brown and Company, 2013, $30), Donna Tartt hadn't published a novel in 11 years. She told USA Today it took so long to finish writing because "it's a long book." The 784-page book tells the story of Theo Decker, who ...
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Palm Beach Daily News -Barre Montpelier Times Argus
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Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize, The Marathon Bombing And A Secret Whisper
It didn't really happen, of course, but Donna Tartt's description of it in her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Goldfinch,” highlighted the all-too-real Boston tragedy in an incredibly powerful way, even though it doesn't really have anything to do ...
Donna Tartt 'surprised' by Pulitzer for 'Goldfinch'USA TODAY
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2014 Pulitzer Prize goes to 'The Goldfinch' by Donna TarttLos Angeles Times
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Washington Post, Donna Tartt win Pulitzer prizes
NEW YORK -- Two newspapers that revealed government secrets about spying by the National Security Agency -- The Washington Post and The Guardian -- will share the Pulitzer Prize for public service, announced Monday. The Pulitzer for fiction goes to ...
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The Guardian

Donna Tartt heads Baileys women's prize for fiction 2014 shortlist
The Guardian
Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch – either an astonishing masterpiece or tedious, overlong turkey of a novel depending on which critic you read – is favourite to win the UK's only annual book prize for fiction written by women. The long-awaited novel was one ...
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction: Donna Tartt and Jhumpa Lahiri among ...The Independent
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jhumpa Lahiri, Donna Tartt on shortlist for fiction ...Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Donna Tartt Wins Fiction Pulitzer for 'Goldfinch'
ABC News
Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch," already among the most popular and celebrated novels of the past year, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. One of the country's top colonial historians, Alan Taylor, has won his second Pulitzer, for "The Internal ...
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Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch" Wins Pulitzer in Fiction
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Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch" wins Pulitzer in fiction. Related Topics: Pulitzer Prize 2014. Join the Discussion. You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment. Please enable ...

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Book News: Donna Tartt, Jhumpa Lahiri On Baileys Prize Shortlist
NPR (blog)
Three of the year's most discussed books — Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri — made the cut. Three less widely read novels, all debuts, rounded out the list: Burial Rites by Hannah ...
Donna Tartt heads women's fiction award shortlistThe Star Online

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5 Literary Award Decisions More Questionable Than Donna Tartt's Pulitzer
Amid all the cheers that have greeted her win, there are those who think Donna Tartt didn't deserve the Pulitzer Prize for The Goldfinch. Some took to Twitter immediately after the award was announced to either talk about all the other books they ...

'The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt tops Maclean's fiction list
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Currently reading: "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt
Sioux Falls Argus Leader
I've loved Donna Tartt since her first book, "The Secret History," which I read while working briefly in a bookstore on a winter break from college. One of the employees recommended it to me, and I was absolutely, utterly hooked immediately. It helped ...

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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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