Let's Discuss: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

NOTICE: This is now a FIRST TUESDAY meeting.

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 "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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great discussion! Nice to see everyone.

    December 4, 2013

  • Meredith

    So fun! Great to see everyone and meet four new members! A wonderful variety of opinions and a conversation that evolved. Thanks for coming out!

    December 3, 2013

  • Shannon

    Yay! So great to see everyone! I so appreciate everyone's wonderful insights. Thank you all for your thoughtful contribution to our discussion. Thank you, thank you, thank you to Meredith for keeping us focused and on track!

    December 3, 2013

  • Lynda S.

    Hi all. I'm sorry but I'm a bit under the weather and won't make it tonight. I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year! Happy Holidays.

    December 3, 2013

    • Renata

      Sorry we won't be seeing you Lynda, hope you are feeling better soon.

      December 3, 2013

    • Meredith

      Take good care of yourself and have good holidays!

      December 3, 2013

  • terry

    looks like I won't be able to attend tomorrow night because I haven't finished the book...bummer!

    December 2, 2013

    • Meredith

      You can come anyway!

      December 2, 2013

    • Delise W.

      Don't let that stop you, I bet you won't be alone

      1 · December 3, 2013

  • Amber

    Whoops! I want to come this Tuesday, but I think I will wait until I've actually read the club's book. Does anyone know what the next book is? When is that decided?

    December 3, 2013

    • Meredith

      The next book is The Novice by Thich Nhat Hahn. We vote at meetings on the books we will read, usually two at a time. Future dates and books are listed on the home page of our group.

      December 3, 2013

  • terry

    hi meredith, it's tempting to come because i enjoy the discussion, but i don't want to find out second hand how the story ends...

    December 2, 2013

    • Meredith

      I get it! Next time . . .

      December 2, 2013

  • Meredith

    I was engrossed by page 7.

    November 12, 2013

  • Celeste C.

    This book sounds great and was recently selected as Amazon's book of the year!! It is 787 pages so I might not finish it on time for our meeting.

    November 12, 2013

    • Meredith

      But, hey, you gotta try, right?

      November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can wait to read this book.

    November 6, 2013

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