The Goldfinch (Hardcover) - Tartt, Donna

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Publisher Little Brown & Co
Mfg Part# 9780316055437
SKU 247554751
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0316055433
Release Date 10/22/2013
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Donna Tartt
Donna Tartt was born in Greenwood Mississippi, the daughter of Don Tartt, a service station owner and local politician, and Taylor Tartt, a professional secretary. She began writing poetry at age 5 and at 13 she had her first sonnet published, in a Mississippi literary review. In 1981 she attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford, where her short stories made lasting impressions on Willie Morris, then writer-in-residence, and novelist and fellow Mississippian Barry Hannah. In 1982, Tartt transferred to Bennington College, Vermont, where she became close friends with Bret Easton Ellis. According to Ellis, Tartt's dormitory room was the salon for all the aspiring writers on campus. She dressed in tailored boys' suits and continued to write what her professors and peers considered "flawless" short stories. She also became the only female member of a group of classics students clustered around an eccentric and demanding professor, Claude Fredericks. Paul McGloin, one of her fellow students from this scholarly cabal, became her companion after graduation and supported her while she lived first in Boston, then in Manhattan, finishing her novel. Ellis closely followed the progress of her work throughout the eight years it took to write THE SECRET HISTORY, and was instrumental in obtaining Tartt's first literary agent who, in turn, negotiated a $450,000 advance from Knopf. While it was an unqualified commercial success, the literary merits of Tartt's widely reviewed first novel were met with everything from heraldic praise to indifferent dismissal to bald censure. Her second novel, THE LITTLE FRIEND, was published in 2002.
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"THE GOLDFINCH is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind."
"[T]here's a bewitching urgency to the narration that's impossible to resist....THE GOLDFINCH is a pleasure to read; with more economy to the brushstrokes, it might have been great."
"The novel is slow to build but eloquent and assured, with memorable characters, not least a Russian cracker-barrel philosopher who delivers a reading of God that Mordecai Richler might applaud. A standout...."
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Editors Note Taken in by a wealthy family friend after surviving an accident that killed his mother, 13-year-old Theo Decker tries to adjust to life on Park Avenue in this new novel by the author of The Secret History.
Annotation Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013.
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