February Discussion - "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt

The book we've selected for February was rated at the top of many publications "best of 2013" lists! We picked this book a month in advance because The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is a pretty darn long book, clocking in at nearly 800 pages. This way, people can read ahead if they have a chance!

From the book description: 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.  


Links to buy the book: Kindle | Hardcover | Audible (~32 hours)

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  • Stacy C.

    As always the meeting was great this weekend. Just thought I'd mention that the Omaha Public Library is hosting an 1898 exhibit of the World's Fair in connection with the book, The Swan Gondola by Timothy Schaffert which is set during the 1898 World's Fair in Omaha and is also our April book club pick. Here is the information:

    Gallery Exhibit W. Dale Clark Main Library | 215 S. 15th St. | 1st Floor | Michael Phipps Gallery

    Travel back in time and visit a special exhibit dedicated to Omaha's 1898 World's Fair - one of Nebraska's most spectacular events. View memorabilia from OPL's collection, The Durham Museum and private collectors through February 28.

    2 · February 17, 2014

  • Jeanne K.

    I also chose not to finish the book, since I had yet to hear a testimonial that it was really worth it :). But I enjoyed the lively conversation....it almost makes me want to go back and read it to see what it was all about....almost.

    February 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Wikipedia does a good job of summarizing the high points!

      1 · February 17, 2014

  • Sarah J.

    Although I was unable to finish reading the book- I appreciate everyone's take on the Goldfinch. I look forward to the next couple of months book picks.

    February 16, 2014

  • Joe M.

    I had a great time. It was a very good conversation about The Goldfinch. I got to read a book I wouldn't have chosen for myself. I expect to attend the next meeting.

    February 16, 2014

  • Rhonda

    Have a sick child at home and I can't quite get through this book.

    February 15, 2014

  • Judy S.

    Got a puppy and training class is 230 for next four weeks.

    February 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have been reading and enjoying this book for about 6 weeks! I don't think I'll finish it by Sunday. It's a beast!

    February 11, 2014

  • Jeanne K.

    I could not quite get through the Goldfinch....although I will be interested in hearing what other people thought! Should I come anyway :) ? Not sure what the protocol is for this sort of thing.....

    February 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Definitely come! Finishing (or heck, starting) the book is not a firm requirement. Just know that we will likely give away spoilers during the discussion. We'd love to have you!

      February 10, 2014

  • Tracy C.

    I wish I had had time to read the book, it sounds great! I'll be getting the next book for the next meeting!

    February 6, 2014

  • Stacy C.

    Samantha, is Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson the official book for March or are we still thinking about it? I picked it up either way and it is a scream! Just wondering. Stacy

    January 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      It is! I just haven't had a chance to update Meetup quite yet. :)

      January 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      updated!

      January 27, 2014

  • Meredith K.

    Does anyone know the time frame? I was thinking it started in[masked] but some inconsistencies. Does some take place in future?

    January 20, 2014

    • Carol

      I think it's more current, then into the future. Pretty sure there is a reference to 9/11.

      January 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've made it about halfway through this one so far - it's interesting. There will be a lot of content to discuss!

    1 · January 4, 2014

    • Janet V.

      Sounds great. I just finished reading the Rosie Project which I loved (can't wait for the next one) and will be starting The Gold Finch today.

      January 12, 2014

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