January 2014 - THE GOLDFINCH

Amazon's Winner - Best Book of the Year 2013

THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt

"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



Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity.



It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-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 unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to 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 novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, 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.

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  • Susan

    If anyone is interested in listening -here is a link to a website where you can access the Slate Audio Book Club's podcast for The Goldfinch.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/a...­

    January 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for sending! Listening to it now...

      January 8, 2014

  • Linda P.

    Good discussion as always.

    January 8, 2014

  • Regina S.

    Very interesting discussion. Listening to the podcast now. Thanks for sending it.

    January 8, 2014

  • SELMA R.

    Although I didn't read the book, nice to hear the exchange of ideas. Nice group of ladies.

    January 8, 2014

  • Marguerite

    Great discussion with lovely ladies.

    1 · January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Running a bit late but i am on my way!

    January 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      P.s. I couldn't join you this past saturday but I m thinking about going to see "The Goldfinch" at the the Frick this weekend :)

      January 7, 2014

    • Susan

      I was actually sick all weekend so I didn't make it to the Frick on Saturday either

      January 8, 2014

  • Evana

    Need to cancel for tonight. Just getting over a cold and way too cold for me. As for the book, I did not finish reading it, Too long, too depressing and every character in the book is dysfunctional...difficult to read as the story is very depressing. I also skipped many pages that in my opinion had too many unnecessary details.

    January 7, 2014

  • Diane M.

    Sorry, I will not be able to make it this evening. Although I was pulled into the story at the beginning, I soon found the book extremely depressing. Too much death, too much sadness, drugs, violence, child abuse - horrible. I leafed through most of the last several hundred pages. I wouldn't want to live inside that author's head.

    January 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I finished the book last night and while I cannot decide how I feel about it, I thought the writing was terrific (though tedious in some parts). Looking forward to the discussion tomorrow!

    January 6, 2014

  • Eileen K

    Unable to attend tomorrow. Hope to see everyone next month.

    January 6, 2014

  • Shamz

    I won't be able to make it this month but I'm going to try next month!! :-)

    January 6, 2014

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