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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.

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 ...
John Grisham, Donna Tartt among 95 Mississippi authors urging repeal of anti-LGBT
95 Mississippi authors call for repeal of anti-LGBT
Authors Grisham and Tartt call for repeal of anti-LGBT lawBBC News
The Guardian -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 FailABC News

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Yale Daily News (blog)

Mortals on Olympus
Yale Daily News (blog)
If Donna Tartt had written her first novel with the sole intention of appealing to spoiled Ivy Leaguers, she would probably still have ended up with “The Secret History.” It's basically a laundry list of things a certain kind of Yalie loves: elitism ...


Today's Hair & Beauty Stories
The Shake It Out singer frequently collaborates with the group's founders, including setting up a coveted interview with Donna Tartt to discuss the author's most recent novel, The Goldfinch. Across the pond, Reese Witherspoon has been sharing her ...

Collinsville news and events for the week of April 27
This month's book is “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt. The book club is a free program. Copies of each month's book can be picked up at the library with your library card. Call the library at 618-344-1112 for more information. • The library invites ...

Best-selling books in Oklahoma
“Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” by Katarina Bivald (Sourcebooks). 8. “You Can't Drink a Meatball Through a Straw (Here's Hank #7)” by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver (Grosset & Dunlap). 9. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt (Little Brown and Company).

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Vogue Australia (blog)

The Vogue team's ultimate favourite reads
Vogue Australia (blog)
“The Secret History – Donna Tartt. Yes, it is a clichéd choice. I separate the people in my life as those who have read The Secret History and those who have not. It's a modern update on American gothic literature and propelled Tartt into writing ...

The Guardian

Bryan Adams cancels Mississippi tour date in protest over anti-LGBT law
The Guardian
On Monday a group of 95 Mississippi writers joined the protest, with luminaries including John Grisham and Donna Tartt urging state officials to repeal the law. The writers said in an open letter released that House Bill 1523 had prompted hateful ...
The Bryan Adams factor: One singer canceling a show won't stop a hate bill, but these actions add upSalon
Bryan Adams cancels Mississippi concert in protest of state's anti-LGBT lawNational Post
Bryan Adams cans Mississippi gigSky News Australia
The Nation
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St. Lucie County Community Calendar
Great Expectations Book Discussion Group: "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt. 10 a.m.-noon May 19. Fort Pierce Library, 101 Melody Lane, Fort Pierce. Adult. 772-462-2787; JCHS Project Graduation: 10 p.m. May 20. John Carroll High ...

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From A Whaling Ship To A Mysterious Painting, New Novels Deliver Big Thrills
... you have to have some nerve to tackle the subject of whaling after Melville, or to structure your story around a painting, after so many other novelists — most recently, Tracy Chevalier and Donna Tartt — have kick-started their own tales with 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.

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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