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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.


Ansel Elgort is slated the lead in the adaptation of 'The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt
Los Angeles Times
The film adaptation of Donna Tartt's “The Goldfinch” has found its Theo: the lead role in the movie has been offered to “Baby Driver” star Ansel Elgort, Variety reports. Speculation about the cast of “The Goldfinch” has been rampant since 2104, when ...
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Ansel Elgort in talks to lead The Goldfinch movie
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'Dunkirk' Actor Aneurin Barnard Lands Key Role in 'Goldfinch' - Variety
Aneurin Barnard, who recently broke out in Warner Bros. "Dunkirk", has landed the key role of Boris in WB's highly anticipated adaptation of "The Goldfinch."
Dunkirk's Aneurin Barnard Joins The Goldfinch | News | Movies ...Empire
Ansel Elgort finds his next lead role in 'Goldfinch' adaptation - Star2

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Amazon Studios Will Distribute Films Starting with Wonder Wheel ...
Although “Wonder Wheel” will conclude the New York Film Festival (which kicks off tomorrow), Woody Allen's 48th film marks an important beginning for Amazon ...

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Seattle Times

Books to disappear into this fall
Seattle Times
Here's why I picked up this debut novel: a posh-boarding-school setting, and a blurb on the cover that cited Donna Tartt's “The Secret History.” I will read anything — well, at least a few chapters — that might potentially compare with “The Secret ...

In thrall to the Mob on Manhattan Beach
Like Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, Manhattan Beach tracks that particular journey out of a childhood that has been devastated by sudden parental loss; both novels combine a portrayal of the exigencies of survival into adulthood with a sense of a life ...

Los Angeles Times

Books: Nobel goes to Kazuo Ishiguro, the narrative legacy of Las Vegas, Jesmyn Ward and more
Los Angeles Times
There was some good news in the land of books this week: The Nobel Prize in literature was announced. That's always good news. THE BIG STORY. The Nobel Prize in literature went to Kazuo Ishiguro. Among literary handicappers Ishiguro wasn't even on ...

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Shi: Reading Between the Lines
The Dartmouth
When I first read Donna Tartt's “The Secret History” as a high school student, I loved its romanticization of academia. The novel ostensibly focuses on the aesthetics of higher education. The main character, Richard Papen, arrives at the fictitious ...

73 Questions With Tracee Ellis Ross - Vogue
On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited about life is Tracee Ellis Ross? “Oh. I'm like a 10 or 11 right now.” Fresh off her Emmy nomination for her role as Dr. Rainbow ...

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Daily Mail

Best books on autumn: Bestselling author GILL HORNBY suggests key novels to help you through the trickier times in life
Daily Mail
So it is for Richard in Donna Tartt's The Secret History. He's just turned up from California to start at an elite college in Vermont, and the 'fall' there takes his breath away: 'Leaves ankle-deep on a gusty autumn road; bonfires and fog in the ...

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An exclusive chat with Paula Hawkins on The Girl on the Train
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Zimbawe-born British author Paula Hawkins went from working as a business reporter for The Times to writing romantic comedy fiction under the pseudonym Amy Silver, before penning the best-selling novel The Girl on the Train (2015), which went to become ...

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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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