It feels like everyone is immersed in the sprawling adventures of Theo Decker, a troubled teen whose mother is killed in a terrorist attack on the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
His story, the center of the long-awaited, highly regarded novel The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is one of the most in-demand titles at KRL right now. Are you waiting (impatiently!) on the holds list? Or are you waiting for the eBook or eAudio? Here are a few similar books to make the wait worthwhile.
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
As Theo struggles to cope with the death of his mother, 14-year old June Elbus grieves for her uncle Finn, a famous painter claimed by AIDS. Only Finn’s lover Toby understands her grief, but June’s family blames Toby for Finn’s death. Art, grief, and love are the beautifully-written subjects of both The Goldfinch and Tell The Wolves I’m Home.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Like The Goldfinch, this brilliantly-crafted novel opens a window into the experience of young men in troubled times. As Theo’s dreams are fueled by a piece of art, cousins Joe and Sammy’s are made of comic books and Harry Houdini; and as a dark cloud of terrorism taints Theo’s life, Chabon’s characters are haunted by the Holocaust. This book balances wit and gravity perfectly.
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
The NYT Sunday Book Review compared Tartt’s style to Dickens, and with good reason. Theo is something of a modern-day Oliver, cast adrift by circumstance into a stratified society full of eccentric characters.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Exploring the meaning and power of art is a thread that runs throughout The Goldfinch. Wilde often explores the same theme, and nowhere more than in this highly controversial story of a man who literally becomes a piece of art.
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