The Goldfinch

A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
By Donna Tartt (Hardcover Book, 2013)
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love--and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $32.00 US/$35.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316239875

    • On Sale Date: 10/22/2013

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Little, Brown and Company

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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love--and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

Donna Tartt is a novelist, essayist and critic. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's and The Oxford American. She is the author of the novels The Secret History (1992) and The Little Friend (2002). She lives in New York.
  • PRAISE FOR THE SECRET HISTORY (1992):

    "The Secret History succeeds magnificently....A remarkably powerful novel [and] a ferociously well-paced entertainment...Forceful, cerebral, and impeccably controlled." (New York Times).

  • "Tartt's voice is unlike that of any of her contemporaries. Her beautiful language, intricate plotting, fascinating characters, and intellectual energy make her debut by far the most interesting work yet from her generation." (Boston Globe).

  • "Enthralling. . . . A remarkably powerful novel [and] a ferociously well-paced entertainment. . . . Forceful, cerebral, and impeccably controlled." (New York Times Book Review).

  • "Donna Tartt is clearly a gifted writer. . . . The cadence of her sentences, the authority with which she shaped 500-plus pages of an erudite page-turner indicate she has the ability to leave her literary contemporaries standing in the road. . . . The decision to murder has about it the inevitability of classical Greek tragedy." (Miami Herald).

  • PRAISE FOR THE LITTLE FRIEND (2002):

    "The Little Friend seems destined to become a special kind of classic. . . .It grips you like a fairy tale, but denies you the consoling assurance that it's all just make-believe." (New York Times Book Review).

  • "At times humorous, at times heartbreaking, The Little Friend is most surprising when it is edge of the seat scary." (USA Today).

Product Details

The Goldfinch
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $32.00 US/$35.00 CAN
  • Pages: 1248
  • Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316239875
  • On Sale Date: 10/22/2013
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