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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 Independent

The Secret History by Donna Tartt, book of a lifetime: Twisted and suspenseful
The Independent
The older I get, the harder it becomes to find books I truly love. Before I was in my mid-20s I think there were only three books I read and didn't finish, and that includes everything I studied taking English Lit at university. Now I often give up on ...

100 reasons Pennsylvania's budget is 100 days late
Mark Cohen, D-Philadelphia, recently raided Barnes & Noble and is trying to work his way through that last Donna Tartt novel. 51. State stores will have to be privatized because there won't be any booze left. 52. It was one way to get the Legislature ...

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The New Yorker

What We're Reading This Fall
The New Yorker
In the past few weeks, I've read some astonishing books: Lucia Berlin's “A Manual for Cleaning Women,” a story collection that's raw and funny and breathtakingly great; “The Visiting Privilege,” by the bright-bleak grand master of short stories, Joy ...


All The Artwork In 'The Goldfinch' Is In One Gorgeous Pinterest Board
Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is over 700 pages of art appreciation, and yet its titular painting totally stole the show — until one woman made a fantastic Pinterest board of all art in The Goldfinch. While Carel Fabritius' “The Goldfinch” is the only ...

The Fashion Spot

21 Questions with... Nicole Miller
The Fashion Spot
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It really stays in my mind even though I have read many books subsequently. My favorite restaurants are… Da Silvano, Indochine, Waverly Inn and Khe-Yo. I like to de-stress by… playing Absolutely Nasty Kakuro; I like the ...


Review: 'City on Fire,' Garth Risk Hallberg's Novel of New York in the Bad Old ...
New York Times
At the same time, the novel's ambition and Dickensian storytelling ardor will remind many readers of Donna Tartt's dazzling 2013 novel, “The Goldfinch,” while its fuel-injected prose and nimble stacking of plot complications will recall for others ...
'City on Fire' review: The 'it' novel of the year.Washington Post
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The Most Followed Accounts and Most Popular Photos on Instagram
What results is a novel with more verve and imagination than much of the plot-light fare that typically gets the high-literary treatment, a story that shares at least some DNA with ambitious capers like Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch and Marisha Pessl's ...
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'City on Fire' review: Garth Risk Hallberg's big, $2m novel reimagines 1970s ...
Hallberg's novel is being compared to masterpieces by Tom Wolfe, Jonathan Franzen, Donna Tartt, Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, David Foster Wallace and more. While he has the ambition and talent to join that list, he's not there yet. This show-offy but ...

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Sloane Crosley on Crossing Over to Fiction With The Clasp
What results is a novel with more verve and imagination than much of the plot-light fare that typically gets the high-literary treatment, a story that shares at least some DNA with ambitious capers like Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch and Marisha Pessl's ...

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'100 years from now, print will be a big chunk of our business': how Penguin ...
On Amazon, the paperback editions of some popular titles, like “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt and “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr, are several dollars cheaper than their digital counterparts. Paperback sales rose by 8.4 percent in the ...

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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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