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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014 Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.
Coming Of Age
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"Why, oh why have people rated this so highly? I feel as if a decade has passed since I started the book, and in the end, the characters were unappealing. I made it to the end, and I am left with the question, why did I bother? The story started out well and then, over nearly 1000 pages, devolved into incoherent mumblings."
"This is one of my all-time favorite books. I was so invested jn the main character and the story and related to some of his acting out in his teen years. Life isn’t pretty and tied up neatly with a bow. Bad things happen to people, and people do bad things, yet you can still recognize the flawed and wounded person inside all of it."
"Long but engaging the whole time."