When Donna Tartt was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Literature last year, the committee called The Goldfinch "a beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy’s entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction, a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart."
The committee was correct. Tartt's book also stimulates discussion, and that is what we will have on Tuesday, June 9th at 6 p.m. when we meet to talk about The Goldfinch. I know this is a very long book, and to get through it in a month, when you may have another thing or two to do, is a big deal, but I think you will find it time well spent.
If you read this book, just getting to know the narrator and focal character, Theo, will have been worth it. He is not always likable, and he does some very stupid things, but ultimately he is a decent sort in a world populated by some pretty un-decent folks. His father comes to mind immediately. What a terrible guy. Or is he? And then there's Boris. I will leave you with this, so you have more time to catch up on your reading.
See you on June 9th.