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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

March of the megabooks: it's all Donna Tartt's fault
The Guardian
March of the megabooks: it's all Donna Tartt's fault. The success of The Goldfinch means that this year's biggest novels are its biggest novels. What happened to the beauty of brevity? You might have to reinforce your bookshelves if this trend continues.

Mississippi Business Journal

BOOK BIZ: Donna Tartt's first book stands the test of time
Mississippi Business Journal
With the publication of her third novel, The Goldfinch, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Mississippian Donna Tartt's place in literary history was assured. Her first book, The Secret History, is every bit as fascinating and has been ...

El Comercio

"El jilguero", de Donna Tartt
El Comercio
"El jilguero", de Donna Tartt (Misisipi, 1963), la novela ganadora del Pulitzer de Ficción 2014, es una excelente muestra de lo que hoy se denomina “literatura mundial”. Distinta del libro de entretenimiento, esta novela remite a una literatura ...

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Recenzja książki: Donna Tartt, „Szczygieł”
Donna Tartt zafundowała mu inne losy – chłopiec Theo wynosi go po wybuchu bomby z nowojorskiego Metropolitan Museum. Obraz trafia do katalogu dzieł zaginionych, a tymczasem leży opakowany w papier w kolejnych miejscach, gdzie mieszka Theo.

Northern California best-sellers, week ending May 10.
San Jose Mercury News
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. 2. Euphoria by Lily King. 3. The Martian by Andy Weir. 4. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami. 5. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. 6. The Children Act by Ian McEwan. 7.

The Walking Dead Vol. 23 debuts at No. 2
Washington Post
By Donna Tartt. The coming-of-age story of a young man who lost his mother in a terrorist bombing. [6]. 4. LEAVING TIME. (Ballantine, $16). By Jodi Picoult. A woman searches for her long-lost mother. [3]. 5. WHISKEY BEACH. (Jove, $7.99). By Nora Roberts.

Best-selling books for the week that ended May 17
“American Sniper” (movie tie-in) • Chris Kyle. 4. “The Walking Dead, Vol. 23” • Kirkman et al. 5. “The Goldfinch” • Donna Tartt. 6. “The Invention of Wings” • Sue Monk Kidd. 7. “The Three Heavens” • John Hagee. 8. “The Boys in the Boat” • Daniel James ...

Foster's Daily Democrat

Local bestsellers
Foster's Daily Democrat
4. The Familiar: Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May — Mark Danielewski. 5. The Goldfinch — Donna Tartt. Hardcover Non-Fiction. 1. The Road to Character — David Brooks. 2. And the Good News Is ... Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side — Dana Perino.


NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of May 21, 2015
Title: The Goldfinch; Author: Donna Tartt. Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How? Amazon · Independent Booksellers. Taken in by a wealthy family friend after surviving an accident that killed his mother, 13-year-old Theo Decker tries to ...

New York Times

The Bookstore Built by Jeff Kinney, the 'Wimpy Kid'
New York Times
Ms. Patchett has used her clout as an author to persuade prominent writers like Elizabeth Gilbert, Donna Tartt, David Sedaris and Michael Chabon to give readings at the store. When Mr. Kinney visited Nashville last year for a “Wimpy Kid” event held by ...

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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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