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January Dinner & Discussion: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

For January we will be reading, "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt.  Get started early, this is a 784 page turner!

It's hard to articulate just how much--and why--The Goldfinch held such power for me as a reader.  Always a sucker for a good boy-and-his-mom story, I probably was taken in at first by the cruelly beautiful passages in which 13-year-old Theo Decker tells of the accident that killed his beloved mother and set his fate. But even when the scene shifts--first Theo goes to live with his schoolmate’s picture-perfect (except it isn’t) family on Park Avenue, then to Las Vegas with his father and his trashy wife, then back to a New York antiques shop--I remained mesmerized. Along with Boris, Theo’s Ukrainian high school sidekick, and Hobie, one of the most wonderfully eccentric characters in modern literature, Theo--strange, grieving, effete, alcoholic and often not close to honorable Theo--had taken root in my heart.  Still, The Goldfinch is more than a 700-plus page turner about a tragic loss: it’s also a globe-spanning mystery about a painting that has gone missing, an examination of friendship, and a rumination on the nature of art and appearances. Most of all, it is a sometimes operatic, often unnerving and always moving chronicle of a certain kind of life. “Things would have turned out better if she had lived,” Theo said of his mother, fourteen years after she died. An understatement if ever there was one, but one that makes the selfish reader cry out: Oh, but then we wouldn’t have had this brilliant book! --Sara Nelson

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Out of town and sorry to miss everyone. Still reading this book, which I'm sure you will enjoy discussing.

    January 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a good but intense read. I will not be able to finish it before our meet up. See you all next time. Will try to get the next selection when it is first announced. Love GA Brown's

    January 12, 2014

  • Alisa G.

    Another scheduling conflict. I am reading the book though and enjoying it!

    January 9, 2014

  • Jerold P.

    Hey folks,
    I'm sorry but I'm going to have to cancel this month...
    I've got to go up to NYC this coming week.
    I look forward to next month's dinner and discussion!

    January 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am crying my eyes out already.

    December 23, 2013

  • Jessica

    Only RSVP if you are certain you can make the Meetup. Or timely update your RSVP if your plans change. Our Meetups require reservations for larger groups and we have to take into consideration the restaurants needs to accommodate us. I also have to confirm the reservation with a credit card.

    December 18, 2013

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