Holiday Book Club: The Goldfinch


Per book club tradition, we’ve only selected one book to tackle over November and December. With two big breaks that split up the months, and lots of holiday events that can distract from reading time, we usually find it more manageable to dive into just one great book. While we make be taking it easy on quantity, we’re making up for it in depth! We can’t wait to dig into our newest select, Donna Tartt’s almost-800-pager The Goldfinch. It’s been over 10 years since Ms. Tartt’s last book came out and we’ve been eagerly looking forward to her latest.

From the publisher:

It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-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 unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to 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.

We always love to know if you’re reading along, so let us know in the comments below and stay tuned throughout the next few weeks for discussion questions and a treat or two!

Paulie Dibner is the assistant managing editor of Martha Stewart Living. She has perfected her oatmeal-chocolate-chip cookie, but is on the hunt for a puff-pastry recipe to knock her socks off. Follow her on Instagram @matinauxsaules.


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