The Goldfinch - 10th Anniversary Edition (Hardback)
  • The Goldfinch - 10th Anniversary Edition (Hardback)
  • The Goldfinch - 10th Anniversary Edition (Hardback)
  • The Goldfinch - 10th Anniversary Edition (Hardback)
  • The Goldfinch - 10th Anniversary Edition (Hardback)
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The Goldfinch - 10th Anniversary Edition (Hardback)

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Hardback 784 Pages
Published: 31/10/2023
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From urban metropolis to parched desert and dusty antiques store to Manhattan high society, The Goldfinch is a profound meditation on loss and belonging that doubles as a compelling psychological thriller, and Donna Tartt's tour de force is now available in a beautiful hardback edition to celebrate its 10th anniversary.   

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 the thing that most 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.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349146263
Number of pages: 784
Weight: 1120 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 52 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Another rich slice of gothic drama - Books of the Year, Sunday Times

Combines narrative grandeur with dazzling detail - Books of the Year, Guardian

Sublimely written, with elegant touches of the gothic - Books of the Year, The Times

Really does grip from the first page... a noirish thriller and epic love story rolled into one - Books of the Year, Daily Mail

Runs the gamut from thriller to meditation on loss, and runs it magnificently - Books of the Year, Sunday Telegraph

A soaring masterpiece - Washington Post

The Goldfinch is a triumph... Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction - Stephen King

Sumptuous, generous and entirely captivating - Books of the Year, Independent

Dazzling. A glorious, Dickensian novel that pulls together all Tartt's remarkable storytelling talents into a rapturous, symphonic whole and reminds the reader of the immersive, stay-up-all-night pleasures of reading - New York Times

An astonishing achievement. If anyone has lost their love of storytelling, The Goldfinch will most certainly return it to them. The last few pages of the novel take all the serious, big, complicated ideas beneath the surface and hold them up to the light. Not for Tartt the kind of clever riffs which are too commonly found in contemporary fiction. Instead, when plot comes to an end, she leads us to a place just beyond it - a place of meaning - Guardian

The Goldfinch is a book about art in all its forms, and right from the start we remember why we enjoy Donna Tartt so much: the humming plot and elegant prose; the living, breathing characters; the perfectly captured settings.... Joy and sorrow exist in the same breath, and by the end The Goldfinch hangs in our stolen heart - Vanity Fair

Lavish and lush in décor and span... The novel lets us see, and feel, the real bird beyond the brush, or rather, the grief, and addictive yearning, behind its cabinet of curiosities. For those who want to share the double vision, to slip attentively between luxurious illusion and overt craftiness, a deeper layer of pleasure awaits in The Goldfinch. In every sense, this is quite a piece of work - Boyd Tonkin, Independent

In the epic range of its concerns with grief, loss, loneliness, fate, and the nature of good and evil, its rich cast of characters, and its broad social canvas, it bears comparison with Proust, Dickens, Dostoevsky and Nabokov. It is meticulously structured and paced, and reading it is an enthralling experience of total immersion in Tartt's vision and voice. A beautiful and important book - Elaine Showalter, Prospect

A gripping page-turner and a challenging, beautifully written account of modern life. Moving but unsentimental, funny without being trite, all human life is here. It will doubtless be a contender for one of 2013's best novels - James Kidd, Independent on Sunday

A modern epic and an old-fashioned pilgrimage, a nimble thrill-seek and heavyweight masterpiece. And if it doesn't gain Tartt entry to the mostly boys' club that is The Great American Novel, to drink with life-members John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Saul Bellow, Philip Roth et al, then we should close down the joint and open up another for the Great Global Novel - for that is what this is - Alex O'Connell, The Times

It is the extraordinary depth of detail and wholeness of her imagining that makes it such an impressive work... Utterly absorbing, a superb novel - Victoria Moore, Daily Mail

Mysterious and mercurial, The Goldfinch finally reveals itself as a rare bird - a highbrow fable and a page-turner - Anthony Quinn, Mail on Sunday

Without doubt a beguiling novel. It is smart - in both the British and American senses of that word - brilliantly readable, thrilling and touching - Jane Shilling, New Statesman

Like a Dutch painting, every scene is described in glittering detail and framed with retrospective melancholy. A modern-day David Copperfield... The Goldfinch is impressive - lavish, gripping, exciting - Emily Stokes, Financial Times

A novel of the highest literary ambition and dedication - David Sexton, Evening Standard

Donna Tartt engineers a recklessly impressive plot... The precocious talent that fired up her cult debut The Secret History is on full display here - Sunday Telegraph

Written with precision and thoughtfulness, it's at once a slow-burner, with Tartt lingering over scenes and descriptions and building the story in detail, and an attention-grabber... The Goldfinch is built up in careful brushstrokes into an absorbing, epic tale of deepening shadows - Tina Jackson, Metro

From the opening pages it grabs you by the scruff of the neck and does not let you go . . . It has layer upon layer of psychological detail and emotion - Viv Groskop, Red

This book is so beautifully written, you'll want to simultaneously read it at top speed to find out what happens, and savour it - Marie Claire

A large-canvas, small-brush picaresque that's both heart-rending and irresistibly wicked - Vogue

Where to begin? Simply put, I'm indescribably jealous of any reader picking up this masterpiece for the first time. And once they do, they will long remember the heartrending character of Theo Decker and his unthinkable journey - Sarah Jessica Parker

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 (starred review)

A massively entertaining, darkly funny book that goes a long way toward explaining why its author is finally securing her place alongside the greatest American novelists of the past half century, including John Updike, Philip Roth, Toni Morrison, and that other latter-day Dickensian, John Irving... Required reading for anyone who loves great literature from this or any other century - USA Today

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“The Goldfinch”

This author certainly takes her time and as you read you feel as if you are living at the same pace. The book keeps you in suspense as to what will happen to a rescued and very valuable painting. It is also about... More

Paperback edition
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“its glow enveloped me, something almost musical,”

The novel opens with Theo Decker ensconced in an Amsterdam hotel scanning Dutch newspapers, which he can’t decipher. Theo is looking for his name in any and all articles that relate to criminal activity by way of... More

Hardback edition
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Catriona at Waterstones Head Office

“Wonderful - but skim the middle”

The Goldfinch starts out fantastically and a great pace, and throughout the whole book we're treated to feasts of language, perfect for savouring. However, there's a large part of the middle of the book that... More

Paperback edition
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