The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch

Author: Donna Tartt

  • Publication Date: 2013-10-22
  • Category: Literary
4 Score: 4
(From 5,952 Ratings)


A young New Yorker grieving his mother's death is pulled into a gritty underworld of art and wealth in this "extraordinary" and beloved Pulitzer Prize winner that "connects with the heart as well as the mind" (Stephen King, New York Times Book Review).
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 a 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 a wealthy and insular art community.
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. From the streets of New York to the dark corners of the art underworld, this "soaring masterpiece" examines the devastating impact of grief and the ruthless machinations of fate (Ron Charles, Washington Post).


  • The Goldfinch

    By flowermj
    I watched the trailer of this upcoming movie and decided to read the book first to get to know it and think that is good book that I recommend to read :)
  • Floorjack

    By sgtcombs
    I hope that when the reviewer “floor jack” runs out of their pain pills or can’t get anymore, that they realize what a “pathetic” piece of crap they actually are. This book brought home so many of the issues that young people have to face nowadays, “like addiction” And depression And lose so deep it claws at your heart every second of everyday! And you would do anything to just quite it for a bit, for some respite from the pain.
  • Too many details

    By MistyPug123
    It’s a good story. However, it has too many details that in my opinion don’t add anything to the story.
  • The Goldfinch

    By cloverhessrs
    This book could have been 1000 pages shorter. I never thought it would end.
  • Goldfinch

    By joanncolborn
    This was an interesting read. It was a drug-induced ride through adolescence into early adulthood, a narrative of a boy’s life as he grew up with a tragic childhood. Lots of rambling, pages on pages of descriptive situations, that would normally be annoying,but somehow kept you wanting to read more! The details in this book were enthralling and mesmerizing.

    By Stasii23
    One of the top 5 books I’ve read in my life. Could not stop reading and was nearly impossible to put down each night. Truly a masterpiece.
  • A beautiful advanced novel

    By LostBabyDuck
    I’m taken away by how beautifully Tartt writes, as if each sentence is its own lyric in the years greatest Pop ballads. This novel is wonderful for advanced readers and those who want to delve into a book that will make them come alive with the excitement & passion of desperately awaiting to get back to your book.
  • Huh

    By 4488662
    Maybe I downloaded the wrong book. Obviously a Herculean effort yet a most depressing story with the slimiest of characters I wished would just go away. The endless pathological attention to boring details is no doubt what got critics all excited but for a pedestrian reader all the inane observations were way over the top. The writing in the voice of a young boy for most of the book left me wondering how can such a young boy have such adult and astute observation skills... a forever read that left me highly disappointed.
  • Interesting, but wordy

    By Rootfootmootgoot
    Storyline that enthralled me, however what fell short (for me, at least) was the ending.
  • Wow

    By Radsalot
    So well written. Characters are flawed and empathetic. A book you never forget.