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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Donna Tartt’s third novel is unapologetically “serious” fiction—it won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize—but it moves with the kinetic energy and unexpected twists of a great crime thriller. After a terrorist explosion at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art upends 13-year-old Theo Decker’s life, he descends into a criminal underground of art forgers and small-time gangsters while hiding a treasured Dutch painting. Actor David Pittu leads us through Theo’s bumpy ride from Manhattan to Las Vegas to Amsterdam with emotional depth and charisma. His narration makes Tartt’s tableau of shadowy thugs and rebellious teens feel shockingly real.
I loved this book and the characters in it. Beautifully written. I have listened to it a number of times and each time I’ll discovered something new.