The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

  • Publisher Little Brown
  • ISBN 978-1-4087-0494-3
  • Year 2013
  • Location Glasgow

Donna Tartt publishes a book, on average, once every decade. This is depressing and thrilling in equal measure for someone who clings obsessively to the promise of her next offering. The Goldfinch, while perhaps not Tartt’s most accomplished novel, is my favourite. If I were stranded on a desert island with only one book to keep me company, this would be it. The protagonist, Theo, stole my heart from the very beginning and, although he makes some questionable choices through the course of the book, he remains likeable and relatable. The painting at the centre of the plot – Fabritius’ The Goldfinch – is equally captivating. I hope to pay it a visit one day in The Hague.

Amy McIlhenny

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