My favorite book of 2013. Spectacular. A work of art, literary and sensual. The pages themselves are silky smooth, heavy weight; the reader right away feels the exceptional piece they hold in their hands. New York, world’s great museums and artists, bomb blast opens dark soul spaces only dead parents can leave, lost children, antiques and centering characters, travel, drugs, theft, violence, blood, and refinement through reflection. Not only a journey of words, but of person as well. For readers across the board.— Janis
A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an explosion that takes the life of his mother. Alone and determined to avoid being taken in by the city as an orphan, Theo scrambles between nights in friends' apartments and on the city streets. He becomes entranced by the one thing that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that soon draws Theo into the art underworld.
Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art.