"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt

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

    Wonderful, moving, beautifully written. A truly old-fashioned story of redemption told in a wholly modern way

    April 10, 2014

  • Brenda C.

    Our bookclub was so much fun last night - thanks for sharing about this great book and also all of our news. Welcome to our new members!

    April 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      It was a great meeting last night. So glad to be there with all of you!

      April 10, 2014

  • Maggie W

    Thanks, Susan. See you all next time.
    Cheers,
    Maggie

    April 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll take the lead in collecting the dough. So looking forward to seeing old faces and meeting new ones this evening.

    April 9, 2014

  • Maggie W

    Hi folks,
    Sorry I won't be able to join you at this meetup but I hope you have a wonderful evening. I've made the booking for the back room but I'm not sure you'll be able to get it because of the small number of attendees. I've asked the manager to seat you in the bar if you can't have the back room as I think it's quite a bit quieter than the main dining room.
    If someone wouldn't mind taking the lead on collecting the $1 dues for me, that would be great. Thanks so much and see you in a few weeks.
    Cheers,
    Maggie

    April 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    An observation the narrator made toward the end of the book about the little bird, undoubted confined and distressed, yet choosing not to withdraw from life, moved me to tears. What a wonderful book. To say nothing of being in love with Boris!

    April 7, 2014

  • Doug A.

    Don't worry I will be there with you. )

    April 7, 2014

  • Sue W.

    Oh dear, one week on, wedding flowers done, and I've still not made headway with the Goldfinch. I'll be the one with the glass of wine listening intently in the corner then.

    April 7, 2014

  • Miriam

    I responded yes on the RSVP but there is a small possibility I won't be able to go (I won't know until that afternoon). Hopefully see you there!

    March 27, 2014

  • Maggie W

    Hi Conversationalists,
    Please note the date change. See you on 9 April instead of our regularly scheduled date.
    Cheers,
    Maggie

    March 26, 2014

  • Jin

    I'm open to meeting a week or two later.

    March 25, 2014

  • Maricris

    I'm like Meghan & am ok with either keeping the date or moving it. It does seem that there are more that won't make it or may not finish the book. I still have about 500 pages to go, but think I may be able to finish on time, but an extra week cushion would help.

    March 25, 2014

  • Meghan S

    I'm ok with either. I have family visiting next week, so my preference would be to move it, but can still make next week work if it stays as is. It's the size of the book that has me most concerned about next week :) That being said, I'm really enjoying the read!

    March 25, 2014

  • Brenda C.

    Well since I got behind in my reading I am
    good with postponing this month a bit.
    Wednesdays still work well for me. What do
    you all think ?

    March 24, 2014

  • Sue W.

    Hi, I was thinking of a supplementary meetup to discuss for those of us who can't make Wednesday, don't cancel in the basis of my suggestion!

    March 24, 2014

  • Haydee L.

    I'm planning on attending, if the majority votes to reschedule please send list of dates to choose from. Thank you

    March 24, 2014

  • Maggie W

    P.S. Regarding Amy being unable to lead the discussion ... does someone else want to do it? Obviously we'll need to see if the date is changed but please let me know.

    March 24, 2014

  • Maggie W

    Oh my, I haven't even started it yet and I had no idea it was 770 pages. Don't think I'm going to be able to handle 100 pages a day but I'm still planning to attend the meetup unless the group decides to book another day. Please let me know so I can post a date correction. Over to you, Sue. :-)

    March 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't have enough time to finish the book either. Later would be great!

    March 24, 2014

  • Sue W.

    Hi all, regrettably I won't make book club this time either. I am arranging the flowers for a wedding the next day, and will need the evening as there are lots of arrangements needed.

    Would anyone else who can't make it be interested in meeting up another evening to discuss the book? Say two weeks after?

    Sue

    March 23, 2014

  • Amy K.

    Hello, I'm going on a last minute trip next week and I will not be back in time to be the question master. Would someone else be able to come up with some thoughtful questions?

    March 22, 2014

  • Brenda C.

    I'm liking this book - but I am worried that it is over 770 pages so I have a schedule to read 50 pages a day! I will let you know what I think when we meet.

    March 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I look forward to reading it, though I had mixed feeling when I read "The Secret History." She seems a bit cold, though a skillful writer.

    January 23, 2014

  • Haydee L.

    Read it mixed feelings about this one, expected a bit more, it remind me of the boy in the suitcase

    January 22, 2014

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