The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt


Our Review: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014

A massive masterpiece that will leave the reader reeling at the cruelty and beauty of life. The unlikely but unavoidable friendship of Theo Decker, orphaned , cast adrift into a world both friendly and hostile and Boris, international, worldly and totally fearless. A twist of fate brings the 16th century painting of the Goldfinch into the story with its own tale of tragedy and obsession.This cast of three sink into dark and dangerous waters, self destructive and criminal behaviour before the crisis that brings Theo and Boris to the point of no return. The precious painting, it’s clear messagefrom the artist reflects this tale of tragedy, obsession and redemption. I was moved to the core with this story and will put it amongst my most treasured.
Review by Sue @ Great Escape Books

Description: Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love – and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph – a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.