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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.

The Guardian

Why Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch might be the best-seller that nobody can finish
The Guardian
Not even Donna Tartt. Kobo – the e-bookseller – has released two sets of figures: for books bought this year, and for books finished. The Goldfinch was its 37th best-selling book, but only 44% of those who started it managed to complete it. Perhaps ...

The Guardian

Ebooks can tell which novels you didn't finish
The Guardian
The Goldfinch may have won Donna Tartt the Pulitzer, praised by judges as a novel which “stimulates the mind and touches the heart”, but the acclaimed title's 800-odd pages appear to have intimidated British readers, with less than half of those who ...
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Do you know what happens at the end of The Goldfinch?
It turns out that only 44.4 per cent of those who embarked on Donna Tartt's 880-page, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel kept reading until the final paragraph – where the bird comes to life, meets his goldfinch bride and they live happily ever after ...

Escritora Donna Tartt y Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa recordados hoy
Lima, dic. 23. Un 23 de diciembre nacieron figuras de la Cultura como el arqueólogo Jean-Francois Champollion, el escultor Victorio Macho, los escritor Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa y Donna Tartt, el jazzista Chet Baker; murieron el novelista Benito ...

The Guardian (blog)

Not the Booker prize shortlist: a long look at Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch
The Guardian (blog)
Which goes to explain why editing Donna Tartt must be a daunting task. Why it would have taken steel cojones to ask her to trim down some of The Goldfinch's 864 pages. Why no one would want to be the person to tell her that the last 30 pages of her ...

Library book checkouts mirrors TV, movie topics
Buffalo News
The next two most-requested books were the YA best-seller from 2012, “The Fault in Our Stars,” by John Green, which hit the big screen this year, and Donna Tartt's massive 864-page “The Goldfinch,” published late in 2013, in time to win the Pulitzer ...

Donn Tartt autrice 2014 per la 'Lettura'
(ANSA) - ROMA, 19 DIC - L'autrice dell'anno secondo la Classifica di Qualità de la Lettura, il supplemento culturale del Corriere della Sera, è Donna Tartt. Il titolo che le ha fatto ottenere il riconoscimento è "Il cardellino", edito da Rizzoli ...
'Il cardellino' di Donna Tartt romanzo dell'anno per il CorseraPadova News

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Bestselling books of 2014: did the booksellers get it right?
The Guardian (blog)
One finding is that books seemed relatively immune to theme-day hype: only 47 of the 116 titles that were nominated sold equally or better in the week of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Previous leaders, such as David Walliams's Awful Auntie, Donna ...


11 Books That Are Perfect to Read Over the Winter, Because You're Going to ...
Another book by Donna Tartt? But you'll see that it's necessary once you read The Goldfinch, because you will immediately want more, and I'm here to help. A group of college students at Hampden College in Vermont are studying the classics when their ...


The Movie Adaptation of Donna Tartt's Novel The Goldfinch Is Underway
Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch will be adapted for the screen by award-winning screenwriter Peter Straughan. Straughan won a BAFTA and received an Oscar nomination for Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, which he adapted from the John le Carre novel with his late ...
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy screenwriter to adapt The GoldfinchThe Guardian
'The Goldfinch' movie nets 'Tinker Tailor' scribe Peter StraughanLos Angeles Times
Pulitzer Prize Novel 'The Goldfinch' Adapted By 'Frank' Scribe Peter
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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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