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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Theo Decker, a 13-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 longing for his mother, he clings to the 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 mesmerizing, 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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  • Liz B

    Thanks everyone for coming out! Great discussion!

    1 · August 21, 2014

  • Rachel

    Running late...leaving work now, however I'm out in cleveland heights...apologies in advance

    August 20, 2014

  • Jenna

    not coming, will not finish book in time.

    August 20, 2014

  • Amber

    Not sure if I will be there; I did not get to read the book yet.

    August 19, 2014

  • Megan J.

    Sorry I can't make it this time.

    August 19, 2014

  • Rebecca

    Rats! I can't attend. I feel like an inelegant weasel...lacking the sleek, ermine grace of Mrs. Barbour!

    1 · August 18, 2014

  • Brittani L.

    This is an interesting article on the book in case people are interested:

    July 26, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Sorry I can't make it....I am about 500 pages into the goldfinch and would be interested to hear reactions to the book.

    June 26, 2014

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