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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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. (From the publisher.)

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  • Rhonda R.

    Good to see you all and thanks Lori for leading the discussion on this great read. Now I can say I have actually eaten a piece of herring. Best of luck to you in your new home. You will be missed.


    July 31, 2014

  • Tom

    It was good to meet all of you. I look forward to more meetings.

    July 30, 2014

  • joan b.

    Thank you for a nice first meeting and the good food. See you next time.

    1 · July 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice meeting and chatting with you all about this fantastic story! Thank you!

    1 · July 29, 2014

  • Susan H.

    Severe migraine. Extraordinary book. I loved it.

    July 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Donna Tartt's the Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize last month.

    July 9, 2014

  • Teresa E.

    Hi Everyone. Local writer, Anjuelle Floyd, has kindly sent us several copies of her books. I'll be giving these away at this upcoming meeting to whoever is interested. Read more about her at

    June 30, 2014

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