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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.

Jackson Clarion Ledger

Author Morris biking across Miss. to oppose HB 1523
Jackson Clarion Ledger
The petition was signed by 95 Magnolia State writers including John Grisham, Donna Tartt and Kathryn Stockett. “So Katy did all the hard work, writing this petition and getting people's signatures on it, and sending it out to news outlets across the ...

Washington Post

John Grisham, Donna Tartt call on Mississippi to repeal anti-LGBTQ law
Washington Post
Bestselling novelist John Grisham, Pulitzer Prize winner Donna Tartt and National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward were among those who signed a statement today calling for the repeal of House Bill 1523. The measure, signed by Gov. Phil Bryant (R) last ...
95 Mississippi authors call for repeal of anti-LGBT
Authors Grisham and Tartt call for repeal of anti-LGBT lawBBC News
95 Mississippi authors condemn anti-LGBT lawThe Guardian
The Japan Times -Jackson Clarion Ledger
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National Post

Justin Cronin's The City of Mirrors is destined to become the next touchstone of modern fantasy and horror
National Post
After checking in with our heroes, Cronin spends the length of an average novel allowing Fanning to tell his own story, a realistic and heartbreaking coming-of-age tale crossed with a campus novel (think Donna Tartt's The Secret History), which is so ...

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Town and Country Magazine (blog)

John Grisham, Donna Tartt, and Other Writers Are Opposing Mississsippi's Anti-LGBT Law
Town and Country Magazine (blog)
Ninety-five Mississippi writers released a letter yesterday opposing the controversial "religious freedom" law that Governor Phil Bryant signed last week. House Bill 1523, known as the "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination ...
Dems seek to undo Mississippi LGBT law, but likely to failMinneapolis Star Tribune

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Brit + Co

The 6 Best Picks from Emma Roberts' Summer Reading List
Brit + Co
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt ($12): Previously recognized with top literary honors as a Pulitzer prize winner for fiction (2014), Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is also now privy to one of Emma's top honors, too, making the cut on her (and consequently ...

Garden & Gun Magazine

A Southern Lit Road Trip
Garden & Gun Magazine
My head spins when I think of the staggering number of great writers the Magnolia State has produced: Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, Walker Percy, Richard Wright, Richard Ford, John Grisham, Donna Tartt, and many more. At the elegant ...


JK Rowling Has Choice Words for Donald Trump—and Some of His Detractors
Donna Tartt introduced Pietsch, who edited her bestseller and Pulitzer Prize-winner The Goldfinch, and described him as not only a good editor and publisher, but also “a good citizen in the larger republic of letters.” In his remarks, Pietsch called on ...
J.K. Rowling honored by PEN for literary and humanitarian workWashington Times
Pen Literary Gala Hails 'Harry Potter' AuthorWall Street Journal
At PEN Gala, Rowling Calls Trump 'Bigoted'Publishers Weekly
The Bookseller
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Which books are most popular at Twin Cities libraries?
Both Carr and Moran cited Donna Tartt's “The Goldfinch” and erotica novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” as unforeseen library blockbusters. The library has long stocked erotica, Carr said, but it's not generally a mainstream thing. “All of a sudden that one ...

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Real estate transactions May 23, 2016
Bradenton Herald
$430,000 Folmer Sven, Folmer Sarah Ann, Blanco Teri Enna, Folmer Teri Enna to Tartt Jeremy D, Tartt Jewel, Lot 22 Greenbrook Village, O.R. Book 02619 Page 7895, May 12. $419,000 Marsh Douglas A, Marsh Linda K to Welton ... $347,500 Parkman Carolyn C ...

The Providence Journal

Thriller Roundup: Four writers up their game to new levels
The Providence Journal
Unfortunately, the themes that make "The Last Good Girl" an exceptionally relevant must-read are all too often on display in courtrooms throughout the country. This is Lucian Truscott's "Dress Gray" mixed with equal parts of "The Secret History" by ...

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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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