The Goldfinch -- Donna Tartt

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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  • Justin R.

    Thank you for the warm welcome today! I look forward to attending again. If anybody is on goodreads, please find me: www.goodreads.com/jram

    July 26

  • Justin R.

    Be honest: is a guy showing up to this book group going to get thrown out? I promise to mind my manners.

    July 25

    • Rhonda H.

      Please come! Especially for this book. Maybe if one guy starts coming, others will too. We're not intending to be women only.

      1 · July 25

    • Alysha Rose B.

      Please do come! No one will shun you.

      July 25

  • jenny c.

    Hey bookworms! I just learned that my brother will be here this weekend and he would like to take a trip to Bryce Canyon, so it looks like I will miss this one. Have fun without me!

    July 7

    • Sheri H.

      Aw, jenny, now you can do a marathon read of The Golfinch :-)

      1 · July 11

  • Sheri H.

    I have some family obligations that are conflicting with the Saturday meeting as well. Is there any way we could change this meeting (just this once :) ) to the following Saturday or another day that works? I think this book really needs to be discussed with the whole group if possible. Any chance of that happening?

    July 10

    • Rhonda H.

      If we are changing it, should we change the date to TBD today so that others will get the notification? I can't change it as I'm not an admin.

      July 11

    • Alysha Rose B.

      It makes me choose a date, it won't let me just put "TBD", so I changed it to the 26th for now...

      1 · July 11

  • Rhonda H.

    Or....if someone wants to lead the discussion next week ( I was suppose to this week), I'm okay with that but I have a commitment on the 19th.

    July 10

    • Rhonda H.

      Btw, I'm really okay with this plan as I have some unexpected out of town company this weekend.

      July 11

  • Rhonda H.

    I can't make it the 19th but would be willing to switch to the 26th. How does that work for everyone?

    July 10

  • Alysha Rose B.

    So... I won't be able to make it this Saturday either due to family problems I need to attend to in St. George. I've really really wanted to discuss this book and feel terrible that I won't be there. It looks like it will be pretty sparse this time, so I hope it still turns into a good discussion for those who go!

    July 10

  • Rhonda H.

    Have fun Jenny!

    1 · July 8

  • Sheri H.

    We will miss you Jenny! Have a blast with your brother at Bryce Canyon. Any news on our Sept. Book?

    1 · July 8

  • Kim Kilpatrick O.

    I won't be able to make this one.

    May 28

  • jenny c.

    Just FYI, this book is a little longer, so you may want to get an early start on it :)

    May 13

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