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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.

Paste Magazine

Donna Tartt, Malcolm Gladwell, Stephen King Among Hachette Authors ...
Paste Magazine
In a letter that speaks out on the “ugly history” of interfering with access to books and blocking sales, authors such as Malcolm Gladwell, Stephen King, Michael Pollan and Donna Tartt directly accuse Amazon's 10 board members of driving down their ...
Bestselling authors write to Amazon's board over 'ugly' Hachette sales disputeThe Guardian
Authors lobby Amazon's board over pricing disputeFinancial Times
Hachette Writers Target Amazon's Board With New LetterValueWalk

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The Guardian

The novelist as fashion muse
The Guardian
At the recent New Zealand fashion week, designer Kate Sylvester unveiled Tartt, her new AW15 collection inspired by author Donna Tartt. Along with everyone else, Sylvester read the Pulitzer prize-winning The Goldfinch over the summer, and created a ...

The Boar

Reviews: “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
The Boar
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction, Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the story of how a boy sees his whole world destroyed in one cataclysmic instant, and spends the rest of his life struggling to piece it back ...

If You Loved Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch,' Check Out These 13 Books
There's so much crammed into the pages of Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch. In short, the story is about a young boy growing up in New York City, but the more than 700-page novel is also about beauty, loss, fate and the power of ...

Wall Street Journal

Amazon Can't Cage 'The Goldfinch' Publisher
Wall Street Journal
Donna Tartt's novel "The Goldfinch" opens with a series of gloomy scenes—a museum bombing, the death of the narrator's mother, and the theft of a 17th–century painting. The word admirers often use to describe it is "Dickensian." But the book has ...
Amazon and Hachette feud could rewrite the book on publishingThe Guardian
“The Goldfinch” Helps Hachette Defy, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)'s AttackTech News

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Cheddar Valley Gazette

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt BOOK REVIEW
Cheddar Valley 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 ...

Review: 'A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing,' by Eimear McBride
Washington Post
If a book like Donna Tartt's “The Goldfinch” represents the seamless confluence of critical and popular tastes, McBride's book represents their complete disconnect. “A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing” is an extraordinarily demanding novel that will ...

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'The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt tops Maclean's fiction list
Brandon Sun
Here are the top 10 hardcover fiction and non-fiction books in Canada for the week ending Aug. 17 as compiled by Maclean's magazine. The previous week's position is in parentheses. FICTION. 1 (1) The Goldfinch _ Donna Tartt. 2 (-) Colorless Tsukuru ...

Wall Street Journal

'The Miniaturist' Debuts in US
Wall Street Journal
Dan Halpern, Ecco's publisher, expects the novel to hold its own in the U.S. "We imagine it's going to bypass Donna Tartt's sales figures—that's our goal," he says of what he hopes will be a strong debut against titles such as "The Goldfinch," Ms ...
Review: Jessie Burton's 'Miniaturist' a microcosm of

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Paste Magazine

Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Paste Magazine
The literary world first found Pessl after the 2006 publication of Special Topics in Calamity Physics. A first novel much beloved by many, it earned her comparisons to Donna Tartt and J.D. Salinger. The New York Times picked it as one of their best ...

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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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