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.
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.