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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.

Book review: 'The Goldfinch,' By Donna Tartt
Summit Daily News
Nothing beats a good book with an enigmatic opening. An author can quickly lure a reader in with carefully placed morsels that tantalize and intrigue. Such is the case with the latest novel by in-vogue writer Donna Tartt. “The Goldfinch” is a monster ...

Sharing some love for Bruce Springsteen, Kristen Ashley, Donna Tartt
Today's featured authors: Bailey Bradford, author of Texas & Tarantulas; Carol Lynne, author of The Brick Yard; and Elizabeth Coldwell, author of Night Voices. They're talking favorite celebrities, fellow romance authors and keeper books. Bailey ...

L'orgoglio ferrarese, Donna Tartt e i libri eterni
Il Sole 24 Ore
Venerdì sera vado a cena da Paolino, a Capri, mancavo da un po' ma sotto la limonaia sento odore di casa, e mi ritrovo a tavola a fianco di Donna Tartt, premio Pulitzer per la narrativa con il romanzo Il Cardellino, 892 pagine di grande letteratura e ...

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A scaredy-cat's guide to Halloween pop culture
Washington Post
“The Secret History,” by Donna Tartt: I hated “The Goldfinch” with all the disappointed rage I could muster, but must of my frustration with Donna Tartt's Pulitzer-prize winning novel stemmed from the fact that I just loved her first book so darn much ...


Donna Tartt: «Renzi? Guardate gli occhi di sua moglie»
Che sia lei la vera forza del marito, la Tartt non ha dubbi. Chissà se Renzi si è reso conto di essere finito sotto la lente d'ingrandimento di una delle narratrici più intelligenti del mondo viventi. La Tartt è un personaggio, a partire dal suo ...

Novelas de 15.000 tuits; Donna Tartt escribió en 1143 páginas el primer gran ... (Argentina)
Con más de 2.000.000 de caracteres, una historia que podría contarse en 15.000 tuits, El jilguero ganó el premio Pulitzer de ficción, consagró a su autora Donna Tartt como la nueva estrella de los best sellers para adultos y devolvió los libros gruesos ...

Page and Perspective: What Do Great Authors Read, Anyway?
She invites authors like Christopher Buckley, Michael Chabon, Khaled Hosseini, Donna Tartt, Dave Eggers, Lena Dunham, Carl Hiaasen, and many others to reflect on their reading and writing habits, inspirations, pet peeves, and recommendations.

Fenómeno de Donna Tartt já chegou a Portugal
Jornal de Notícias
Um dos livros-sensação do ano, O pintassilgo já tem uma edição portuguesa. O romance com que Donna Tartt venceu o Prémio Pulitzer e o Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction foi publicado há poucos dias pela Editorial Presença e promete ...

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Gillian Anderson's 6 favorite books
The Week Magazine
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown, $30). Full disclosure: I am only partway through Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. But I can already tell it's going to be one of my favorites. — Gillian Anderson plays Hannibal Lecter's ...

At The Library
Agoura Hills Acorn
25 at 6:30 p.m., the Agoura Readers Book Club will discuss “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt. Books are available at the circulation desk. Teen Volunteer Day is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month from September to May. Applications ...

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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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