The author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel. A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken... show more
The author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel. A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld. Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America, and a drama of almost unbearable acuity and power. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art.
Publish date: October 22nd 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 771
Edition language: English
This morning, I went to the coffee shop to read the last 62 pages of this long novel. I had set a pretty good pace with this one--well over my 100-120 page-per-day average--but had run out of gas plowing through a good chunk of it, the night before. I had left off at a point in the story where a wre...
AudibleBRILLIANT. EXQUISITE. FASCINATING. STUNNING. «Whatever teaches us to talk to ourselves is important: whatever teaches us to sing ourselves out of despair. But the painting has also taught me that we can speak to each other across time. And I feel I have something very serious and urgent to sa...
Didn't quite live up to the hype for me.
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 t...
I’m tired of huge books about privileged white males who cause most of their own problems. I’m glad I listened to this on audio while working instead of slogging through 700+ pages on my own time.