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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 Sun Herald

Meet the man who cycled through Mississippi to protest HB 1523
The Sun Herald
Others included John Grisham, Pulitzer Prize-winner Donna Tartt and National Book award-winner Jasmyn Ward of DeLisle. The way the statement's author, Katy Simpson Smith, was able to collect the signatures so quickly inspired Morris. As a person of ...

Best-selling books
10. (TIE) “Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt (Little Brown and Company), “Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin” by Liesl Shutliff (Alfred A. Knopf) and “Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile” by Marcia Wells (Hmh Books for Young Readers).

Financial Times

Q&A with author Charlotte Hobson
Financial Times
I must be either suffering from multiple-personality disorder or totally unselfaware, because I see myself in every book that moves me — from Dostoyevsky to Nancy Mitford to Donna Tartt. What book would you give your own child to introduce them to ...

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Cover Reveal: 'Echoes of Memory' by A.R. Kahler
Echoes of Memory is the second novel in the Ravenborn trilogy by bestselling fantasy author A.R. Kahler. It's a YA mash-up of Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Donna Tartt's A Secret History. Shades of Darkness is the first novel in the Raven trilogy ...

Brook Park firm cuts check to Boys & Girls Clubs: Around The Town
Fans of authors Donna Tartt and Gillian Flynn will enjoy 'June,' which just happens to take place in a fictional Ohio town, as well as Bittersweet, her earlier best-seller. After the presentation, books will be available for purchase and signing, care ...

Frans de Waal: Speed-reads for work but savors for pleasure - The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe
I also recently read “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt. That's more traditionally written and has fancy language. I like that too. BOOKS: How often do you read fiction? DE WAAL: I read it more now because I've stopped my research. I am not writing 20 ...

Santa Maria Times (subscription)

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Santa Maria Times (subscription)
They are: "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt, "The Martian" by Andy Weir, "A Little Life" by Hanya Yanagihara and "The King" by Kader Abdolah. Funds for these and other titles in the collection are provided by the Friends of the Santa Maria Public Library ...

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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 call for repeal of anti-LGBT
95 Mississippi authors condemn anti-LGBT lawThe Guardian
Authors Grisham and Tartt call for repeal of anti-LGBT lawBBC News
The Japan Times -Jackson Clarion Ledger
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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 ...
Dems seek to undo Mississippi LGBT law, but likely to failMinneapolis Star Tribune

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Madeleine West: books that changed me
The Sydney Morning Herald
... Losers, Satisfaction, Underbelly and House Husbands. She and her partner, restaurateur Shannon Bennett, have six children together. Six Under Eight (Viking), about parenting as "an extreme sport", is Madeleine's first book. The Secret History ...

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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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