The Goldfinch

A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

By Donna Tartt

Narrated by David Pittu
32 hours 24 minutes

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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.

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

About the Author

Donna Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi and is a graduate of Bennington College. She is the author of the novels The Secret History and The Little Friend, which have been translated into thirty languages.

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Reviews

Drenched in sensory detail, infused with Theo's churning thoughts and feelings, sparked by nimble dialogue, and propelled by escalating cosmic angst and thriller action, Tartt's trenchant, defiant, engrossing, and rocketing novel conducts a grand inquiry into the mystery and sorrow of survival, beauty and obsession, and the promise of art.

Booklist (starred review)

There's a bewitching urgency to the narration that's impossible to resist. Theo is magnetic. . . . The Goldfinch is a pleasure to read.

Publisher's Weekly

A long-awaited, elegant meditation on love, memory, and the haunting power of art. . . . Eloquent and assured, with memorable characters. . . . A standout—and well-worth the wait.

Kirkus Reviews

Author

Narrator
David Pittu

ISBN
9781600247125

Length
32 hours 24 minutes

Language
English

Publisher
Hachette Audio

Publication Date

Abridged
No

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