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June Book Discussion: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt


"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.

For more information and/or reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17333223-the-goldfinch
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  • Melissa S

    Great group with varied opinions. Always nice to hear other points of view to help keep my own opinions open-minded and my perpective on things fresh :). Welcome aboard to all the new members!

    June 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meeting! Thank you all for an awesome book discussion. I'm looking forward to the July meet!

    1 · June 30, 2014

  • Karen E.

    Great discussion - nice to see so many new faces!

    1 · June 29, 2014

  • Helen P.

    I am sorry, but I have had a crazy month and did not read the book. So i will not be attending today. i miss you all, so i will make sure I read July's book.

    June 22, 2014

    • Helen P.

      LOL. I'll try to get it read.

      June 23, 2014

    • Helen P.

      I cannot be there today. Preparing to move my son to Madison, WI to start his new job.

      1 · June 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please forgive me I have some unexpected events that have come up and I have to take care of them because I am leaving town for eight days.

    June 29, 2014

  • Carol

    Sorry for the late change. Sorry to miss my first month but life gets in the way. Will plan on next month.

    June 29, 2014

  • Nancy

    Am reading the book, but will attending a wedding in Seattle over the weekend. Enjoy.

    June 23, 2014

  • Melissa S

    I apologize for the grammatically incorrect message below...meetup doesn't allow for edits! I've been reading too many time travel books lately :)

    June 18, 2014

  • Melissa S

    In the past, we sometimes bring snacks in keeping with the theme of the book. Given that, I need to ask you to leave all alcohol and narcotics at home. However, buffet leftovers will be accepted. As you can tell, I just completed the first half of the book :)

    2 · June 16, 2014

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