by Donna Tart
Theo Decker loses his mother in a terrorist bombing, which he miraculously survives. Abandoned by his cruel father, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Clinging to the last memory of his mother a small painting of a goldfinch, he is eventually drawn into the mysterious underworld of art, leading him into a dangerous circle of lies and deceit. Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
The Goldfinch is an upcoming 2019 American drama film directed by John Crowley. It stars Ansel Elgort as Theo Decker, Nicole Kidman as Samantha Barbour, Aneurin Barnard as Boris Pavlikovsky, Sarah Paulson as Xandra, Luke Wilson as Larry Decker and Jeffrey Wright as James "Hobie" Hobart. It will be released on September 13, 2019.
The Goldfinch has multiple literary themes, and these books cover similar plot lines seen in the Pulitzer-prize winning book.
Joan, a ballerina, has let her life be shaped by her relationship with world-famous dancer Arslan Riskov, whom she helps defect from the Soviet Union to the U.S. While his career takes off in New York, Joan's slowly declines and eventually ends after she becomes pregnant. Joan becomes accustomed to her new life in California, teaching dance and watching her son Harry become a dance prodigy himself. But when Harry's successes bring her in close contact with Arslan, secrets explode and shatter the delicate balance she has established.
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is struggling through grief over his father's death in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. With his mind racing with sadness and confusion, he sets out on a scavenger hunt through New York City to discover more about a mysterious key he finds among his father's belongings.
Walter Moody lands in a gold-mining town on the coast of New Zealand in 1866 to make a fortune and forever leave behind family shame. But he stumbles across a tense gather of 12 local men who have met in secret to investigate what links three crimes that occurred on a single day, events in which each man finds himself involved in some way. Moody finds he is drawn to the unsolved crimes and tries to figure out the intense mystery.
Eighteen-year-old Petronella arrives in Amsterdam to become the wife of a wealthy merchant, Johannes Brandt. To help her adjust to his constant absence, he gives her a cabinet house, a small replica of her new residence. She finds a miniaturist to produce pieces for the house, but the cryptic notes that come with his deliveries make her feel uneasy. As her new family's reputation in the community is threatened, she is determined to discover what's actually happening and why the miniaturist seems to know so much.
In 2011 a college professor Samuel Anderson has a "nix" - a spirit that steals children - his own mother Faye. She abandoned the family when he was a boy and now she's re-appeared, having committed an absurd crime that enrages a politically divided country. To save her Samuel will have to uncover long-buried secrets that stretch across generations.