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The Goldfinch

Tartt, Donna

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ISBN 10: 1408704943 / ISBN 13: 9781408704943
Published by Little, Brown, New York, 2013
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A fine hardcover edition of this Pulitzer Prize winning novel. touch of shelfwear to jacket edges. Dust Jacket, book and slip-case in fine condition. This is a first ediition, first printing in a specia and very limited edition with slipcase issued by Powells Bookstore. A beautiful copy SIGNED in vibrant, purple ink by the author of The Secret History and The Little Friend. This special edition was issued by Powell's Books of Portland, Oregonwith a gorgeous brown cloth slipcase. It is far rarer than even the publisher's limited edition. All genuine copies are SIGNED in purple ink by the author. Bookseller Inventory # 001467

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Title: The Goldfinch

Publisher: Little, Brown, New York

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

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.

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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2013: It's hard to articulate just how much--and why--The Goldfinch held such power for me as a reader.  Always a sucker for a good boy-and-his-mom story, I probably was taken in at first by the cruelly beautiful passages in which 13-year-old Theo Decker tells of the accident that killed his beloved mother and set his fate. But even when the scene shifts--first Theo goes to live with his schoolmate’s picture-perfect (except it isn’t) family on Park Avenue, then to Las Vegas with his father and his trashy wife, then back to a New York antiques shop--I remained mesmerized. Along with Boris, Theo’s Ukrainian high school sidekick, and Hobie, one of the most wonderfully eccentric characters in modern literature, Theo--strange, grieving, effete, alcoholic and often not close to honorable Theo--had taken root in my heart.  Still, The Goldfinch is more than a 700-plus page turner about a tragic loss: it’s also a globe-spanning mystery about a painting that has gone missing, an examination of friendship, and a rumination on the nature of art and appearances. Most of all, it is a sometimes operatic, often unnerving and always moving chronicle of a certain kind of life. “Things would have turned out better if she had lived,” Theo said of his mother, fourteen years after she died. An understatement if ever there was one, but one that makes the selfish reader cry out: Oh, but then we wouldn’t have had this brilliant book! --Sara Nelson

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