A brief mention, to celebrate receiving my first ever free requested book proof since I have been a bookseller (six-ish years). Not that proofs are that hard to acquire, in fact quite the opposite, it's just been that working part-time I had never thought/or had much time to email publishers asking before. But when I heard about a new Donna Tartt, I thought I'll make an exception! Thank you Little Brown Publishing for sending it my way, you are AWESOME! Hopefully, Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch' will live up to the expectation as her most well-known for novel, 'The Secret History', which is definitely in my personal top ten greatest books of all time. It's a bit of a tome, so not the sort of thing I can carry about on the move, but perhaps the perfect book to read at home over the loooong boring summer.
The book's not out until October 22nd, but here's a blurb to get you interested:
Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, 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 tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty 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.
Once I've read it I'll be reviewing it here on my book blog in October, The Groaning Bookcase, well worth a look: