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Goldfinch, The: Puliitzer Prize 2014: Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist 2014

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  • Goldfinch, The: Puliitzer Prize 2014: Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist 2014 
    Title: Goldfinch, The: Puliitzer Prize 2014: Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist 2014
    Author: TARTT DONNA
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 22/10/2013
    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    Price: $32.99
    Publishing status: Active

    Donna Tartt takes a long time to write novels.?Her hugely successful debut The Secret?History and second effort The Little Friend?were published a decade apart, and this latest?novel comes after another hiatus (11 years?in fact). Fortunately, it’s well worth the wait.?Introduced to its protagonist Theo Decker as?a teenager, we follow his eventful life over?800-odd pages, pondering (as he does) issues?of loss, survival, ambition, identity, friendship,?love and fate along the way. There’s never?a dull moment in this book – it’s sad, funny,?exciting and vaguely reminiscent of Dickens,?especially in its depiction of Theo’s love for?the Estella-like Pippa and its presentation of a?huge and richly imagined cast of characters.

    Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.

    ISBN: 9781408704950
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