By: Donna Tartt
Format/Source: Mass bound paperback; my purchase
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 talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.
At long last I finally got around to reading this book, haha. To be honest I wasn’t planning on reading it, it was well into one of those “I’ll read it one of these days” kind of books, but then I saw it at the airport during the summer in mass market paperback format (which I didn’t think was possible; I knew enough about the book to know it was quite the tome) and picked it up 😛