I just finished The Goldfinch, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, which I loved. I have been trying to come up with a good synopsis, but I am having trouble with my words, so I am borrowing from others. In her review for Flavorwire, Emily Temple captures the allure of the book:
“Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch is a myth exploded. It’s a fairy tale for grown-ups, an outsized caper, a tragic love story, an improbable crime novel, a bromance, a coming-of-age tale, a dissection of family life post-divorce and post-death, an exercise in life-as-ekphrasis. Despite its wide range — nearly 800 pages — bustling cast of characters, and multiple coincidences (Dickens will come up in nearly every review of this book, and Tartt is a devoted fan), this is a novel that will enchant you into believing before you blink an eye.”
OK, I will admit it, I had to look ekphrasis up; it is a rhetorical device meaning a literary description of a visual work of art. The Goldfinch is quite the page turner; however, it is definitely a LITERARY page turner. Enjoy! Disclaimer: this book contains mature themes and subject matter.