Wednesday, 4 September 2013

the goldfinch

This book is the sole reason I have not left my house in days. Two decades after Donna Tartt soared to literary stardom with her debut The Secret History, the reclusive author's third novel The Goldfinch is, 153 pages in, absolutely sublime...

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.

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