A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an explosion that takes the life of his mother. Alone and determined to avoid being taken in by the city as an orphan, Theo scrambles between nights in friends’ apartments and on the city streets. He becomes entranced by the one thing that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that soon draws Theo into the art underworld. Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art.Learn More
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Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
A #1 New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the 2014 Audie® Award for Best Literary Fiction Narration
Winner of the 2014 Audie Award for Best Solo Narration-Male
A 2013 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year
A 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
A 2014 Carnegie Medal for Literature Finalist in Fiction
A Washington Post Notable Book of 2013
A 2013 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
A Huffington Post Best Book of 2013
A 2013 Salon Magazine Best Book
A2014 ALA Notable Book for Adult Fiction
A USA Today Bestseller
A #1 San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
A #1 NPR Bestseller
An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
An AudioFile Editors’ Pick, October 2013
A 2013 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Nominee for Fiction
A #1 BookPage Best Book of 2013
A Booklist Editors’ Choice for 2013
Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Fiction 2013
A Library Journal Bestseller
An October 2013 LibraryReads Pick
A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an explosion that takes the life of his mother. Alone and determined to avoid being taken in by the city as an orphan, Theo scrambles between nights in friends’ apartments and on the city streets. He becomes entranced by the one thing that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that soon draws Theo into the art underworld.
Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art.
Riveting after Las Vegas
- It took me a while to get into it but after Theo returned to NY from Las Vegas the book took off and I could stopping listening for the rest of the weekend! Everything went to pot in my life until The Goldfinch was finished. The last 10 pages were a bit too philosophical for me but I re-read them thinking I missed something.
Belabored and abortive
- This is a very long book that promises a deep and cathartic transformation of the main character. That transformation does not occur and ultimately that is why the book fails. This is a story of son who loses his mother; that part occurs in the first quarter of the book. The rest of the novel catalogs in endless detail his life lived numb and paralyzed with grief. He endures what we all endure, life's ups and downs: people who help and people who hurt, but remains numb and paralyzed. He is in the possession of a priceless piece of art that is his tenuous connection to his mother. This painting takes his life into a subplot about stolen art and those who deal in it. The characters are vividly drawn and you do care about what happens to the protagonist. It is a disappointing novel in that it promises so much more than it delivers. I wanted so much for the protagonist to find healing and a sense of himself beyond his grief, but the novel more or less just stops after the piece of art subplot resolves. That he endures is what we are given. For many, this is enough. For me, it was not.
Well Deserved Praise!
I’m not even sure where to start talking about this book! Dense, raw, beautifully written, and achingly sad in places – nearly a saga as it follows so many phases of the main character’s life. It’s just GOOD. The characters are so flawed, but their development is so compelling. Its one of those books where even though the major events are very spaced, you're somehow just as riveted by every character, anecdote, development, and relationship, no matter how small. The audio version especially was fantastic – the characters and voices are all so distinct and entertaining, you forget it’s only narrated by one person. Definitely not a casual listen, but very worth the time. You’ll want to start a book club just to talk more about this book!
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