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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 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 ...
Peter Straughan to Adapt Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch'TheWrap
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy screenwriter to adapt The GoldfinchThe Guardian
Attention, All Donna Tartt Fans: New Details About The Goldfinch Movie Are Here!Glamour (blog) -Los Angeles Times -ScreenCrush
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The Guardian

Christmas reads: what is everyone buying so far?
The Guardian
Second on the list of those that were predicted is Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, which lags 133,000 behind Awful Auntie but continues to trundle along with a healthy 220,000 in paperback sales since June. However, this is only an increase in 15,000 ...

The Guardian

Cate Blanchett: I was so proud of Emma Watson's UN speech
The Guardian
... including a graphic Stanley Spencer drawing which hangs in the couple's bedroom, and of buying Donna Tartt's novel, The Goldfinch, “not just because people were saying it's a good read, but because it was so fat. I thought: 'I'm going to finish ...

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Physical books, from a physical store: Barnes & Noble has a plan
In fiction, Dan Brown, Jodi Picoult and Donna Tartt are among those taking part. Barnes & Noble says the effort has been in the works for more than half a year, with each author signing thousands of copies of their books for readers. “Some went beyond ...

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 ...


11 Books That Are Perfect to Read Over the Winter, Because You're Going to ...
Another book by Donna Tartt? But you'll see that it's necessary once you read The Goldfinch, because you will immediately want more, and I'm here to help. A group of college students at Hampden College in Vermont are studying the classics when their ...

The Age

Bookmarks: news and stories from the book world
The Age
... up nominations from elsewhere. Graham Simsion, for example, was nominated by libraries in Salzburg, Frankfurt and Limerick. Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch received the most nominations, 19, from libraries in Toronto, Frankfurt, Christchurch, and ...

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The Fashion Spot

How to Tie a Necktie Like Donna Tartt
The Fashion Spot
Unless you're a radio-less cave dweller in the bowels of Appalachia, you've probably heard of Donna Tartt. Since she debuted her 1992 cult classic The Secret History at the age of 28, she's been likened to Charles Dickens for her prose and J.D ...
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Knox County yarn shop offers solace, camaraderie
VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — When you enter Atkinson Farm Yarns, picking up a knitting needle isn't necessarily required — but it is encouraged. "Would you like to give it a try?" owner Cheryl Atkinson asks with a smile, pulling out one of several wooden ...

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Het Puttertje van Donna Tartt wordt verfilmd
In het boek wordt het schilderij gestolen door een jongen die een bomaanslag in een museum overleeft. Naar verwachting wordt Donna Tartt betrokken bij creatieve beslissingen en de regie van de film. Peter Straughan heeft ervaring met boekverfilmingen.
Nieuwe verfilming voor '1984'; ook Tartts 'Puttertje' wordt

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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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