Donna Tartt - The GoldfinchThe Goldfinch

Donna Tartt

13-year-old Theo Decker survives a bomb blast at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which kills mother. In the chaotic aftermath, he steals her favourite painting from the museum – Carel Fabritius's The Goldfinch. The painting comes to assume greater and greater significance for Theo as he navigates a troubled teenagehood and becomes embroiled in an underworld of drugs, art theft and murder. Around the periphery though, are good people. Which world ultimately wins out is the impetus behind this Bildungsroman.