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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
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Jul 30, 2016

it was amazing
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I love this book and have recommended it to many friends and acquaintances. Most don't see the appeal even though it is a Pulitzer Prize winner.

That doesn't dissuade me from writing a five-star review.

Tartt made me identify with the main character, a boy who is left motherless by a terrorist attack on a NYC museum. He is eventually forced to reconnect with his estranged father in Las Vegas. All along the way, Theo hides and cherishes one final connection with his mother, a furtively hidden art masterpiece.

Theo is helped (or hindered) along his way by Welty, an unofficial foster father; Pippa, his ward; and Boris, his partner in crime and confidant.

As an adult, Theo makes his way back to Welty and tries to live up to the standards of a "regular" person.

Because of the trauma of his formative years, The Goldfinch becomes a psychological profile, one that I don't think is ever resolved.

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December 1, 2013 – Finished Reading
July 30, 2016 – Shelved
November 19, 2016 – Shelved as: favorites

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