Arriving at the scene a couple of years late, I was nevertheless swept away (as so many others have been before me) by Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, a modern day epic journey of introspection and self-discovery. The story follows Theo Decker, a New York City youth who loses his mother in a terrorist attack, as he overcomes nearly insurmountable obstacles and setbacks to discover what it really means to be human and alive. The novel transcends time and place to reveal to the reader certain existential truths that we don't often confront in our daily lives. Highly recommended.
Taken in by a wealthy family friend after surviving an accident that killed his mother, 13-year-old Theo Decker tries to adjust to life on Park Avenue, in a novel by the author of The Secret History. Reprint. A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.