The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch

By Donna Tartt

  • Release Date: 2013-10-22
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 228 Ratings
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014

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.


  • Ultimately Wonderful

    By Dame Tab
    It’s long, it’s beautifully written and the narrator is frustratingly imperfect. But when it all comes together The Goldfinch is a poetic, philosophical, wonderful treatise on art and life.
  • The Gold Finch

    By Abergeldy
    So very disappointed with this book. Page after page of waffle and superfluous reflection that goes no where. What started out as great story idea and plot sunk to the depths of garbage centred around drugs and alcohol. Occasional glimpses of hope and the back to same old drivel again. There are some great authors out there and this for me is not one of those. How it won the award beggars belief. Just did not enjoy the read
  • Amazing

    By Home71
  • Beautifully written. A joy to read.

    By Cevb
    Beautifully written. A joy to read.
  • Indulgent

    By Sparkyblb
    The editor of this book has a lot of explaining to do. There is a good story in the book if it was half the length. The author rambles for pages, especially at the end of the book. It starts with promise and ends with you shaking your head at why the editor of this book did not stop the disjointed rambling.
  • Haunting and beautiful

    By Biscuitfeatures
    This emotional roller coaster draws you in with rich descriptions and a compelling plot. At times it can drag as the descriptions can carry on for a bit, but once picked up this story can't be put down. Intense, dark and deeply philosophical, you might want to have something lighthearted lined up to read afterward.
  • What a disappointment!

    By Yolo😎
    Editor should be ashamed. Too long, too much rambling, very disappointing end.
  • The goldfinch

    By Joy_us
    This was an unusual read, very different to anything I have previously read. It is not a bad read, left me wanting to read further to find out where this was all leading. The ending has left me thinking that there may be a sequel and if not then it ended flat.
  • Truly exceptional

    By Wormley09
    One of the best books I have ever had the pleasure to read. No one will be disappointed and they will carry the thoughts and memories of such a great author for many a year.
  • The Goldfinch

    By Step Forward
    Starts well. Drags. Waffles. Picks up. Has some lovely lonely prose.