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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

Hurry up and slow down, folks – just like Harper Lee, Donna Tartt and Nile ...
The Guardian
The best writers are often the least productive. American novelist Donna Tartt had the decency to wait 10 years after the publication of her first novel, The Secret History, in 1992 to release the second, while her third, The Goldfinch, came out in ...

What the children in our books are telling us
Washington Post
And last year's Big Novel (and Pulitzer Prize winner), The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt, featured 13-year-old orphan Theo Decker, who, although not an entomologist, navigates a hostile adult world through sheer resilience and un-childlike self-determination.

The Week Magazine

The joy of experiencing art in a bubble
The Week Magazine
(Okay, I wasn't completely unspoiled: I saw a blurb calling it a cross between Twin Peaks and Donna Tartt's The Secret History, and I'm not made of stone.) The book, which was published in Finland in 2006 but didn't arrive stateside until January of ...

The Guardian

Why Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch might be the best-seller that nobody can finish
The Guardian
... probably read the book to the end, as did a whole raft of new readers, which propelled her up the bestseller charts. And those readers who didn't finish it still paid for it, so Donna Tartt can mop up those tears with crisp tenners, which will ...

Why the backlash against Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch' was so extreme (2014 ...
The novel, Tartt's third, soared through the winter and spring on a frenzy of love, not just dominating bestseller lists but also award shortlists. When it won the prestigious Pulitzer in April, some literary observers simply could not sit back and ...

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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 ...

Evening Standard

Finding Netherlands: The Hague
Evening Standard
The Goldfinch in particular, newly familiar from Donna Tartt's novel of the same name, was strikingly luminous. As an added incentive to visit, until 10 May the Mauritshuis is hosting an exhibition of works loaned by one of the world's other great ...

Vanity Fair

Why Are Literary Critics Dismayed by Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch and Its ...
Vanity Fair
For the few uninitiated, The Goldfinch is a sprawling bildungsroman centered on 13-year-old Theo Decker, whose world is violently turned upside down when, on a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a terrorist bomb goes off, killing his mother, among ...

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The Movie Adaptation of Donna Tartt's Novel The Goldfinch Is Underway
What happens to a book after it wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, lands in the New York Times Book Review's 10 best books of 2013, and earns its author a spot in the TIME 100? A movie adaptation, of course. Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch will be ...
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy screenwriter to adapt The GoldfinchThe Guardian
'The Goldfinch' movie nets 'Tinker Tailor' scribe Peter StraughanLos Angeles Times
Pulitzer Prize Novel 'The Goldfinch' Adapted By 'Frank' Scribe Peter
Hollywood Reporter -Variety -ScreenCrush
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Donna Tartt
It was 10 years between The Secret History and The Little Friend, and then we had to wait 12 years for The Goldfinch. Where does Donna Tartt go all that time? Why do we never hear from her? Well, actually, I do hear from her because she's my friend ...

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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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