So finally I began reading this much talked about book called The Goldfinch by Donna Tart.
Before I share the cover jacket blurb, did you know that this painting that you see is by the artist Carel Fabritius, made in the year 1654 and was titled The Goldfinch?
I was not aware of this before I started reading the book and checked the cover details. Now that you see, you can even see the inscription below the painting.
Here's what's on the cover.
'A modern epic and an old-fashioned pilgrimage, a nimble thrill-seek and a heavyweight masterpiece.' The Times
Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, miraculously survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is bewildered by his new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years he clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the criminal underworld.
As he grows up, Theo learns to glide 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 his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.
- Debolina Raja Gupta