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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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The Guardian

Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer-winner: 'I have to watch I don't get ...
The Guardian
American writer Andrew Sean Greer is the author of six novels, including the bestselling The Confessions of Max Tivoli. Last month, he was awarded the Pulitzer ...

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The Guardian

Willy Vlautin: 'I think my mother was ashamed that I was a novelist'
The Guardian
It's written in the sort of scorched, bare-bones prose, stripped of metaphors and similes, that has won him fans such as Roddy Doyle, Donna Tartt and Colm Tóibín. But there are also gigs to play – Vlautin, who is 51, was the frontman of the twangy alt ...

Interview: Olivia Munn talks her Oklahoma roots, #MeToo, Time's Up ...
On a gusty spring day, Olivia Munn, the actress known for her onscreen work in HBO's “The Newsroom,” in the “X-Men” film franchise and on Comedy Central's ...

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Calling Time's Up: Oklahoma native Olivia Munn receives home-state award for standing up to sexual harassment
... Warner Bros. opted not to renew Ratner's expired first-look deal, and he lost his office space on the Warners lot in Burbank, California. He was moved off the movie “The Goldfinch,” an adaptation of Donna Tartt's best-selling novel, that he was set ...

Interview: Olivia Munn talks her Oklahoma roots, #MeToo, Time's Up Initiative during visit to her alma mater
He was moved off the movie “The Goldfinch,” an adaption of Donna Tartt's best-selling novel, that he was set to produce. Just days before traveling to OU to receive the Voice for Justice Award, Munn celebrated on Twitter the news that Warner Bros. had ...

Empathy technologies like VR, AR and social media can transform education
And it's not just social media; clickbait tabloid journalism has encouraged mocking and judgment rather than the empathy-building journey of a great piece of writing like Toni Morrison or Donna Tartt. In the rich depth of literature, we empathize with ...

The Independent

Tom Perrotta: The author of The Leftovers and Election on why he's writing about porn from a woman's perspective
The Independent
... with one eye on how they will look on the screen, the winning simplicity of his writing style certainly lends itself to film in a way that, for example, the work of Jonathan Franzen and Donna Tartt – both of whose books have failed to make the ...

The Cut

10 Books About Babies That Won't Make You Want to Kill Yourself
The Cut
During my entire pregnancy, I read one book: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I had my daughter before I finished it, and when I came home from the hospital, I panicked. I'd basically forgotten to read any parenting or baby books, and now, I had a baby ...


Ansel Elgort Talks #MeToo, 'The Goldfinch' and 'Jonathan' – Variety
Ansel Elgort spoke with Variety about his foray into indie filmmaking and the challenges of embodying emotionally damaged characters.

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2018 LSJ Great Grads: Holt High School
Lansing State Journal
Philosophy: If you want something bad enough you have to go out and get it. Favorite quote: Be faithful in small things because it is in them your strength lies - by Mother Teresa. Favorite book: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt; Future plans: Corrine ...

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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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