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The Goldfinch is the third novel from Donna Tartt, her first in 11 years. In February 2013, the New York Observer announced that Tartt's long-awaited third novel, titled The Goldfinch, was set for publication on October 22, 2013 after originally being slated for publication in September 2008.
The plot is described thus: "“A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and determined to avoid being taken in by the city as an orphan, Theo scrambles between nights in friends’ apartments and on the city streets,” Amazon’s description reads. “He becomes entranced by the one thing that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that soon draws Theo into the art underworld. Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art”
The Dutch translation of The Goldfinch, Het puttertje, was published a full month before the English edition, to overwhelmingly positive reviews. Daily newspaper de Volkskrant printed a five star review and called it 'a Bildungsroman written in a beautiful and often scintilating style. (...) A rich novel and an impressive reflection on sadness and solace. And about the crucial, timeless role of art therein.'  De Limburger and Cutting Edge also gave five star reviews with De Limburger suggesting "Donna Tartt has written the best novel of 2013. It will completely blow you away."  Another Dutch newspaper, Het Parool  sums it up as a 'beautiful, exciting novel, filled with fascinating characters'. Belgian weekly magazine HUMO  called it the book of the year and the news website NU.nl praised Tartt as a 'writing magician who is generous with detours, reflections and characters.' Praise also comes from Elsevier notes "Donna Tartt’s third novel is worth all the commotion. The master storyteller is back! Het puttertje is superior literary entertainment."  Nederlands Dagblad also commends the writing in the novel, saying "In Donna Tartt’s new novel, nothing is just there. Everything is connected in a subtle way, every detail matters. This is a beautifully written tragedy, with some lighter moments."  While Trouw  compares The Goldfinch to the The Secret History and The Little Friend - "Donna Tartt’s new novel, like her two previous books, is filled with strong emotions and experiences, caused by human interactions and drinking and drug abuse. Tartt writes about these matters in a breathtakingly elegant manner." However, NRC Handelsblad only rated the book two out of five stars, writing that it was 'like reading a twenty-first-century variant on Dickens', with the characters being 'cliché' and not fleshed-out. Vrij Nederland and De Groene Amsterdammer were also critical, arguing that the book was too drawn out. "De Telegraaf" argues that it is a "rich, very readable novel."  This is echoed by Financieele Dagblad's assessment that "Donna Tartt is an extraordinary writer and Het puttertje is a beautiful and rich novel." 
The Goldfinch was published in the English language by Little, Brown on the 22nd October  with the Swedish edition also publishing in October. Publication in Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia and Spain will follow next year. Early reviews from the US have praised the novel, with the trade publications Kirkus and Booklist both giving starred reviews. Kirkus describes The Goldfinch as “a standout”  while Booklist comments “Drenched in sensory detail, infused with Theo’s churning thoughts and feelings, sparked by nimble dialogue, and propelled by escalating cosmic angst and thriller action, Tartt’s trenchant, defiant, engrossing, and rocketing novel conducts a grand inquiry into the mystery and sorrow of survival, beauty and obsession, and the promise of art.”  Stephen King has also admired the novel writing "Donna Tartt is an amazingly good writer ... it’s very good". Further reviews in the US have celebrated The Goldfinch, with Michiko Kakutani praising the Dickensian elements in her rave review for The New York Times commenting "Ms. Tartt has made Fabritius’s bird the MacGuffin at the center of her glorious, Dickensian novel, a novel that pulls together all her remarkable storytelling talents into a rapturous, symphonic whole and reminds the reader of the immersive, stay-up-all-night pleasures of reading." Amazon selected the novel as their October Best Books of the Month “Spotlight Pick”.
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