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"The Goldfinch" Book Discussion

Discuss Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch Thursday August 14 at 7 p.m. at T-Bock’s Underground. Decorah Public Library staff member Kristin Torresdal will lead an informal discussion; participants may check a book out at the front desk of the library or purchase a copy from a local bookseller. 


"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love--and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.


Discussion facilitator Kristin Torresdal was named winner of the prestigious Children’s Summer Reading Program prize (an otter puppet awarded for reading the most hours) in the early 90s, and is remembered by library staff as having required a prodigious amount of shushing during her middle school years. A lifelong reader and library user, Torresdal holds a BA in English from St. Olaf College. She has been on staff at Decorah Public Library since 2005. In addition to The Goldfinch, Torresdal has recently enjoyed Norwegian author Jo Nesbo’s mystery series featuring the flawed but likeable Inspector Harry Hole.  


Call the library at 382-3717 for more information.