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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.

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Florida Weekly
On the traditionally published side, the stars include authors like Stephen King and Donna Tartt. On the self-published side, there are success stories such as “The Martian” by Andy Weir and “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James that became huge best ...

New Republic

The Classic Fiction Formula
New Republic
The only recent texts here are Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Good Squad (2010), Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit (2001), and Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch (2013), but the rest are the usual suspects. A more relevant collection of texts might have better ...

The Independent

The Secret History by Donna Tartt, book of a lifetime: Twisted and suspenseful
The Independent
The older I get, the harder it becomes to find books I truly love. Before I was in my mid-20s I think there were only three books I read and didn't finish, and that includes everything I studied taking English Lit at university. Now I often give up on ...

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.

A.V. Club

What are you reading in January?
A.V. Club
To that end—and in continuing a much older resolution to read Pulitzer Prize winners—I'm about halfway through Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch. I'm enjoying it immensely: It's deeply intimate, chronicling a 13-year-old boy's life after becomes a victim ...

The best books-and-music pairings
The Guardian (blog)
Great partnerships... Stephen King's It and Pet Shop Boys, Donna Tartt's Secret History with the American Beauty soundtrack, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale with Beach House, and Kings of Convenience with Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore.


What The A-List Reads
Emma Watson is the latest celebrity to hatch a club dedicated to literature. Her feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf (she crowdsourced the name on social media) was set up in order to spark discussion. She released this statement of intent via Goodreads:

The Guardian

Florence and the lit scene: how a fan's dream became a star's book club
The Guardian
Florence Welch holds a copy of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch. She interviewed the American author on behalf of her book club. Photograph: Between Two Books. Marta Bausells · @martabausells. Monday 1 February 2016 12.00 EST Last modified on Monday ...


The Magicians Recap: Physical Kids
There's none of the otherworldliness of Harry Potter, or the cliquishness of Donna Tartt's The Secret History — or the highly intellectual, sex-drenched, Anglophilic world of Lev Grossman's original novels, off which the series is based. Julia's world ...

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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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