The Goldfinch

I’m only 100 pages in —- 1/8 of the way through — but I’m already going to say that Donna Tartt’s latest is my favorite book of 2013.

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Thanks to Lyra for leading me to THE GOLDFINCH after hearing the author speak.  I know little about the writer.  I know even less about her other two books, which I’ve never read.  But this book — like Barbara Kingsolver’s THE LACUNA, my favorite novel from a couple of years ago — is one of those sprawling epic stories that makes you wish you were snowed in at a cabin in the woods with a fireplace and a full pantry and nowhere else to be.

Are you ready to declare your favorite book of 2013?

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22 thoughts on “The Goldfinch

  1. lisahgolden

    This is next on my audio list. I’m listening to Cuckoo’s Calling as fast as I can so I can get to it. I’m so happy to hear that my rush will be rewarded.

    I don’t think I can choose a favorite book of 2013 yet. The ones I’ve read are all so different.

    1. Teri Post author

      Let me know what you think of it as an audiobook, Lisa. The first scene is basically 70 pages long (a good thing, believe it or not). I wonder how this will translate on audio —- and of course a lot depends on who’s reading it to you.

  2. bonnie middlebrook

    Yes!! I just read, “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye”. Awesome and beautiful! Please Read!

  3. Averil Dean

    I’ve read so many good ones this year. And I’m never sure what came out when, so I usually fall way behind and end up making a list of books that came out years ago. But anyway, I’ve loved The Age of Miracles, The Silent Wife, and Someone. Can I declare a 3-way tie?

  4. Josey

    wow–very bold statement. love it. it’s on my nightstand, but i haven’t opened it yet. i did read secret history years ago and remember liking it so much that i listened to the audio version. you know what i love (or better, covet) the eight years between this and tartt’s last book. how indulgent and inspiring that sounds, all those days stacking on top of one another with only this book as their focus.

    1. Teri Post author

      Bold statement, yes, but well deserved. It’s the kind of storytelling and writing where me (the wannabe writer) says to myself, “Hang up your pen!” Or maybe, “Work waaaaaaaay the hell harder.”

  5. Downith

    I loved The Lacuna too.

    This year, I’m not sure and like Averil, I forget when I’ve read what. I need to keep lists, right Teri?

    Have been listening to lots of audio books lately. Right now I’m llstening to The Private Patient by PD James but I don’t like the voice of the narrator. At. All. And the way he says Candace “Cand- ACE” (as in ace of spades) is doing my head in. Listened to The Girl You Left Behind before that and loved it.

    1. Teri Post author

      You must stop listening to that ridiculous audio voice immediately. It’s going to ruin the book for you, as it’s already ruined the name Candace.

  6. Lyra

    GAH! I just finished and yes, this is the best book I read in 2013. Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings was leading the pack until I read this one.
    I searched online and the interview isn’t up yet, but when it is, you’ll find it under Donna Tartt Chicago Humanities Festival. You have to hear her interview once they post it.
    One other note on this amazing book: I was about half way through before it even occurred to me that she was writing in first person. Holy Crap. My mind is blown so many times over to see what she does and I’m still, STILL, trying to figure out the literary pyrotechnics she manages all from that point of view.
    She is an animal. And you know what? She makes her rounds right now while the book is out and that’ll be it. We won’t hear from her for another ten years. That’s part of how she does it.
    Best book of the year, hands down. How that hell do you create a page turner that’s 800 pages long. Holy…

    1. Teri Post author

      The pacing of the story is extraordinary — she never skims by anything, yet it’s not the least bit slow. I feel like I’ve been looking all year for a big fat sweeping story to bury myself in for a long while, and this is it.

  7. donnaeve

    I have THE GOLDFINCH, but I haven’t started it yet. I knew nothing of this author either – until my MIL told me about her interview on one of the news stations. I happened to catch it, (thank God for DirecTV and being able to rewind) and was mesmerized by her lifestyle PLUS the fact that she has only written three books in decades (her words or maybe that was part of the interviewers statement). Her first pub’ed at 28, then I guess a decade later, another and now this one. Biggest book I will have read since Stephen King.

    1. Teri Post author

      I’m pretty sure the last big fat book I loved was THE LACUNA. I still remember being in an airport with about 10 pages left. I closed the book and saved those pages until i got on the plane, wanting to drag out the end as long a possible. I still want to go back and reread it.

      THE GOLDFINCH is such a treat.

      1. donnaeve

        I told Averil I’m beginning to think I have a worse problem than a woman who buys shoes…(as my fingers tap their way to Amazon to get THE LACUNA.)

      2. Teri Post author

        THE LACUNA is not an easy read, but when you get to the end you think, “Now I need to go back and start over!”

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