The Goldfinch Background

The Goldfinch Background

The Goldfinch is a novel written by Donna Tartt in 2013. The story revolves mainly around a boy called Theo Decker, who is a thirteen-year-old New Yorker. He somehow survives a bomb blast at a museum when he was visiting, with his mother, the painting called "The Goldfinch," a painting his mother loved. His mother died in the blast. Theo takes the painting as he escapes the rubble from the bomb blast. Theo was abandoned by his father a long time ago and is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Theo is later taken by his father to live in Las Vegas but his father later dies in a drunken car crash as he feels humiliated that he tried to steal Theo's savings that his mother left for him. Theo escapes Las Vegas and makes fake copies of The Goldfinch and sells them on to make money. However, the painting was taken by an old friend of Theo's called Boris, who used the painting to acquire wealth. After he reveals this to Theo, Boris helps him get it back from the criminals who it was sold to. Boris and Theo return the painting and receive a huge reward and Theo travels the world to buy back the fake antiques he had sold.

The book was written by the author to explore the loss that a person can feel due to death and how they deal with that death, sometimes through obsession. The obsession for Theo being "The Goldfinch" which his mother loved so much. This in turn led to Theo becoming self-sufficient and innovating his future, a sense of independence which the author explores to describe how a person moves from loss to independence.

The book was well received by critics and fans alike. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014 and was deemed an international bestseller, as it spent over thirty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. The book was also was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction for 2014.

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