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“Waiting On” Wednesday

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine.

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Release Date: October 22, 2013

Goodreads Summary:  The author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History andThe Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel.

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.

Why I’m Waiting:  Donna Tartt has ranked among my favorite authors from the moment my middle school self finished her first novel The Secret History.  Her writing is gorgeous, her characters fascinating, and her mysteries compelling (even when, in the case of The Secret History, she gives the ending away on the first page).  Another 780 or so pages of so of her writing is definitely grounds for celebrating in my book.