Lindsay Lewis

English/ ESL consultant: Word worker, writer, teacher, mentor and poet. Author of This Won’t Hurt a Bit! on writing clear content.

The Goldfinch: A must read

Posted by on May 11, 2017

I have just discovered Donna Tartt- and if you love literature, her novel The Goldfinch is a must read.

The novel is luminescent- every word evokes a place, a feeling, a character. Set in New York , the novel explores the world of Theo, the teenage protagonist whose mother has been tragically killed in an accident. Aside from being a riveting plot, it’s the beauty of each word that makes the novel so noteworthy. Reading it reminds me of learning to dance tango. After mastering the most difficult steps, I finally realized that dancing is the art of taking one beautiful, carefully placed step. I’m only on page 200- I have abandoned many responsibilities to read her book and even unplugged the phone. I can’t wait to get off work to continue the voyage through darkness and light, grief and joy. It’s no wonder that this work won The Pulitzer Prize!