Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and is a fun way to share the books we’re excited about. I couldn’t believe it when I came across this book last week. Donna Tartt is one of my favorite authors, but she’s a very slow and careful writer. This will be her third novel, and her first was published in 1992! So she’s been taking about ten years to write each book. So the long wait is almost over:
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Release date: October 22 2013 (Little, Brown & Company). Tartt’s novels are always very dark, which is why I love her so much. If you haven’t read The Secret History, I wish you would drop everything and go find a copy. This one looks pretty amazing too. Here’s what Goodreads has to say:
Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity.
It begins with a boy. 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 novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, 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.
What do you think? Have you read The Secret History or The Little Friend? I know my bud April has! (April are you reading this??) Leave me your WOW link so I can visit!