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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Literary fiction

The Goldfinch

by Donna Tartt

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Don't let the length discourage you: The 700 pages of this part coming-of-age, part survival story fly right on by.

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  • 400+ pages

  • Famous author

  • Critically acclaimed

  • Now a movie

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Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by a longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, my...

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