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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.

Chicago Tribune

The Biblioracle: Donna Tartt's 'Goldfinch' deserves more than a movie
Chicago Tribune
It was recently announced that one of my favorite novels of recent vintage, Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Goldfinch" had found a director and was on a path toward filming. Normally, I would greet this news with cheer. While film adaptations ...

Il cardellino, di Donna Tartt: storia e recensione
Il Cardellino (titolo originale The Goldfinch) è il terzo romanzo della scrittrice statunitense Donna Tartt. Pubblicato nel 2013, dopo un' incubazione durata 10 anni, il libro è valso all' autrice il Premio Pulitzer per la narrativa 2014. Protagonista ...


'Brooklyn' Helmer John Crowley To Direct Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Novel 'Goldfinch'
EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn helmer John Crowley has been tapped by RatPac Entertainment and Warner Bros to direct the screen adaptation of Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller The Goldfinch. The film will be produced by Nina Jacobson and Brad ...
Brooklyn Director John Crowley to Helm Film Adaptation of Donna Tartt's The GoldfinchPaste Magazine
'The Goldfinch': Why Director John Crowley Is The Perfect Pick To Helm Donna Tartt's Literary MasterpieceIndieWire
Brooklyn director to take reins of The Goldfinch film adaptionThe Guardian
Huffington Post -Variety
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Apollo Magazine

Save our museums!
Apollo Magazine
Writing of Carel Fabritius's The Goldfinch, now in the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague, Jowell notes how the painting has of late become widely known thanks to its role in Donna Tartt's 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. In ...

Hollywood Reporter

'Brooklyn' Helmer to Direct Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch' | Hollywood ...
Hollywood Reporter
It's a huge assignment considering the book's prestige, and John Crowley is an apt choice given that both 'Brooklyn' and 'The Goldfinch' are coming-of-age ...

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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 ...
John Grisham, Donna Tartt among 95 Mississippi authors urging repeal of anti-LGBT
95 Mississippi authors condemn anti-LGBT lawThe Guardian
Authors Grisham and Tartt call for repeal of anti-LGBT lawBBC News
Jackson Clarion Ledger
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Whispers To The Heart: Jessica Lowry Vizzutti And Donna Tartt Reflect On Inspiration
Vizzutti pairs her reflection with a passage from the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. The Goldfinch tells a fictional story of a young man who loses his mother in the bombing of a museum. This destructive act ...

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 ...

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MashReads Podcast: 'Voyage of the Sable Venus' is poetic dissection of art, language and race
... Petronzio to read and discuss Robin Coste Lewis' poem 'Voyage of the Sable Venus.' Then we talk about our favorite books that were inspired by works of art, including Doll Studies: Forensics by Carol Guess, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Picture of ...

Chicago Tribune

The Biblioracle: New Harry Potter rekindles magic
Chicago Tribune
This is more than the total sales to date of two recent massive hits, for literary fiction, "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr and Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch." It will almost certainly be the best-selling book of the year, and it is a ...
Pottermore - Introducing Pottermore Presents: an eBook series from the Pottermore archivesPottermore
JK Rowling Is About to Release 3 New Harry Potter BooksTIME

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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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