September Book Club Pick: The Goldfinch

5/5 Stars
Reviewed by: Annie
Genre: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Contemporary
Published by: Little, Brown and Company, October 22nd 2013
Pages: 771

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It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-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 his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch combines vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

The Goldfinch: A Novel (pulitzer Prize For Fiction)
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This year, I’ve made it a goal to try to start back reading some books that I’d place in the category of ‘must read in your lifetime’– novels that we’ve all heard of but aren’t particularly “buzz worthy” at the moment.

So far, this has consisted of The Alchemist, The Kite Runner, and now, The Goldfinch. I picked up the latter at a used book sale this year and it was sitting on my shelf, an intimidating 800 pager waiting for me to tear through a few more recent novels, when the trailer for the upcoming movie came out. I had just finished my last Human Kind Book Club pick and had no obligation for another book anytime soon so I took it as a sign.

I spent the better part of June with The Goldfinch, and I wish it could have been longer. While reading, I often intentionally told myself to slow down and savour every delicate and powerful sentence.

Set in modern day New York City, The Goldfinch follows the life of Theo Decker, a boy who miraculously survives a terrorist attack that takes the life of his mother. As his life spirals out of control, he clings to a work of art that reminds him of his beloved mother, and that ultimately changes the course of his life beyond any possible prediction.

Already I miss the characters. I haven’t read a book this long since Harry Potter, and I haven’t been this invested in a story since about then either.

The Goldfinch is tremendous. I’m not sure whether to call it a classic or a modern work of art. The writing is so poetic and wonderful, the characters so vivid and raw, I now put this novel in a category which I like to call ‘an old friend’. One that I will not soon forget, and already hope to re-read again in the future. I simply cannot wait for the film adaptation, already picturing it so vividly in my mind.

I found myself late for appointments, stumbling into walls, sitting in a bath of gone cold water owed to the absolute entrancing nature of this book.

A coming of age story for the ages. Delicate and blunt all at once. A masterpiece well worthy of its tremendous praise.

Reviewed by: Annie

Pro Tip: listen to the Peaceful Piano playlist on Spotify while you read this one.