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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.

Booker Prize 2014: Donna Tartt fails to make longlist
Howard Jacobson could win his second Booker Prize. The other surprise on the list is the judges' decision not to include Donna Tartt. Her novel, The Goldfinch, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in April. Five American novels do make the longlist: To ...
Man Booker Prize 2014: Donna Tartt left off new international longlist as ...The Independent
The Man Booker Prize 2014 Longlist Has Been AnnouncedHuffington Post
Man Booker prize: David Nicholls and Ali Smith among 13 names on longlistThe Guardian
The Economist (blog) -New York Times -Christian Science Monitor
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Warner Bros. Is Frontrunner to Acquire Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch' (Exclusive)
Warners has made a competitive offer, though the studio is not in active negotiations yet for the rights, which aren't expected to come easy – Tartt is seeking to be involved in creative decisions, just as E L James was closely involved with the ...
The Goldfinch Movie May Be in the Works From Warner Bros., Donna TarttUs Magazine
Will Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch' Work Better on Film or TV?Wall St. Cheat Sheet
Warner Bros. Eyes Donna Tartt's The
Digital Spy -Variety
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Stephen King, Donna Tartt backing anti-Amazon letter
In this Feb. 9, 2009 file photo, author Stephen King reads from his latest book "Ur" at a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File). NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen King, Nora Roberts and Donna Tartt are among the hundreds of authors who ...
King, Tartt among those backing anti-Amazon letterAlbuquerque Journal

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The Independent

The Golden Age of Dutch art has inspired writers from Marcel Proust to Donna Tartt
The Independent
As for Fabritius's quizzical bird, it entered the fiction charts – via Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch – thanks to a sojourn in New York. Tartt's novel turns on the (imaginary) theft of the picture after a terrorist bombing at the Met, and pivots its ...

Hindustan Times

Carnegie Medals go to Doris Kearns Goodwin and Donna Tartt
Los Angeles Times
Donna Tartt took the fiction prize for her novel "The Goldfinch," and Doris Kearns Goodwin was awarded the nonficiton prize for "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism." The announcement was made at ...
Donna Tartt, Doris Kearns Goodwin awarded Carnegie medalsHindustan Times
Donna Tartt and Doris Kearns Goodwin Awarded Carnegie MedalsIndie Wire (blog)
Donna Tartt and Doris Kearns Goodwin awarded Carnegie medals for literary ...Newser

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Donna Tartt, 'The Leftovers' and charity in the Hamptons!
Chicago Tribune
"BEAUTY IS rarely soft or consolatory. Quite the contrary. Genuine beauty is always quite alarming." So says one of the characters in Donna Tartt's first best seller -- "The Secret History." I had determined to read Tartt's other works after "The ...

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - BOOK REVIEW
Central Somerset Gazette
Donna Tartt does not rush things. It has been 11 years since her last book, and I'm sure I won't be the first to tell you that the wait was well worth it. The Goldfinch is a modern day masterpiece and one of the books where upon reading you realise you ...

The Bookshelf: 'The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt
Wicked Local Watertown
I didn't want The Goldfinch, to end, which is saying something because the book is almost 800 pages long. The story about a young boy's tragedy pulled me in from the beginning, and the characters, even the supporting ones, are strong and essential to ...
"The Goldfinch"Newfalconherald

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Christian Science Monitor

Authors choose sides in the duel between Amazon and Hachette (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
By and large, “the old guard” – authors like Stephen King, Robert Caro, Donna Tartt, and James Patterson – have sided with Hachette, criticizing Amazon for its punitive measures against the publisher. Nearly 400 authors, including many big names in the ...
Amazon and Hachette continue to squabbleBusinessweek
Amazon and Hachette take ebooks battle into public domainThe Guardian

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El Huffington Post

'El Jilguero', de Donna Tartt: el libro del que (casi) todo el mundo habla
El Huffington Post
La vida de Theo Decker cambia de forma brutal por un acto brutal: sufre, junto a su madre, un ataque terrorista en el Museo Metropolitan de Nueva York. Ella muere, él sobrevive. En pleno caos, Theo se hace con el cuadro favorito su madre, 'El Jilguero'.
El jilguero, la novela que nadie debe dejar de leerTerra Chile

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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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