Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

You know it's a good book when you get so wrapped up in a character's plight that you have to keep reading even though it is a hefty 700+ pages.
This is a story of Theo a young boy who survives a bomb explosion while visiting the New York Art Museum with his mother. The world famous "Goldfinch" painting also survives and leaves the museum in Theo's care. His mother does not survive.
Tartt so vividly describes Theo's life that you feel what he feels, you see what he sees, you experience his anxiety over the painting, his search for love and to be loved and his goodness. You wonder how can so many things can go so horribly wrong in his life and you always wish him the best. Tartt herself paints many vivid characters and their effects on Theo's life along with the impact that art can have on anyones life.  I highly recommend this book.

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