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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

New in paperbacks: 'The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt
Chicago Tribune
New paperbacks to check out are "The Arsonist" by Sue Miller, "Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991" by Orlando Figes, "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt, "I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You" by Courtney Maum, and "There Goes Gravity" by Lisa ...


New in paper: Tartt's 'The Goldfinch'
This month's critic's pick is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Back Bay, fiction, reprint). The Pulitzer Prize-winning best seller about young Theo Decker, a modern-day Dickensian hero, finally comes to paperback. "Massively entertaining," reviewer Kevin ...

The Tennessean

BookManBookWoman best-sellers for April 19
The Tennessean
“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt (new in trade paperback). 6. “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. 7. “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel. 8. “The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend” by Dan Santat. 9. “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner. 10.

The Guardian

Male writers continue to dominate literary criticism, Vida study finds
The Guardian
The figures are at odds with the publishing industry in the UK, where some of the biggest-selling authors of 2014 were Hilary Mantel, Donna Tartt and Kate Mosse. Women are also responsible for buying two-thirds of the books sold in Britain and figures ...
Men aren't better writers than women. Literary mags need to close the book on

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of April 16, 2015
Title: The Goldfinch; Author: Donna Tartt. Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How? Amazon · Independent Booksellers. Taken in by a wealthy family friend after surviving an accident that killed his mother, 13-year-old Theo Decker tries to ...

Please hush, little baby
Washington Post
After a few minutes of deep breathing, I returned to my book—Donna Tartt's “The Goldfinch,” which “everyone” had read, or is reading, or is planning to read. If my son wasn't ready to fall asleep, at least I could read and try to ignore him. A few ...

Bestsellers for the week ending April 12
THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt (Back Bay). 2. AMERICAN SNIPER, by Chris Kyle (Morrow). 3. THE ESCAPE, by David Baldacci (Grand Central). 4. BURN, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge (Grand Central). 5. DAVID AND GOLIATH, by Malcolm ...

Toronto Star

The books Canadians were buying this week
Toronto Star
1. Burn, James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, Grand Central Publishing (1)*. 2. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt, Little, Brown (1). 3. Private Down Under, James Patterson and Michael White, Vision (2). 4. The Longest Ride, Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central. (12).

Today In History
Waterbury Republican American
... bomb blast that killed 75 people in Abuja, the capital. The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service for revealing the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance efforts. Donna Tartt's “The Goldfinch" won the Pulitzer ...

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Winnipeg Free Press

New in Paper
Winnipeg Free Press
By Donna Tartt (Little, Brown, $22). The 2014 Pulitzer winner for fiction follows an orphaned teen, his relationship to a stolen painting, and the mourning of his mother. Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics. By Michael Ignatieff (Vintage ...

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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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