I’m about 10% into this book… omg… I think the opening would be traumatic for anyone, but let’s just say that as a New Yorker it made me almost jump off of a bus yesterday before it was my stop because I saw someone who looked fishy (I only didn’t because the doors closed). That may be the most visceral reaction I’ve ever had to a book.
Donna Tartt is a ridiculous writer though, she’s soooo good. I read her debut The Secret History in high school and remains in my top 10. I mean, I can nitpick a couple of her style/storytelling choices that she could have executed differently, but at the end of the day she’s that lightning bolt combination of beautiful, clear writer and super imaginative, original storyteller.
So yeah, go read her. I’d argue she’s one of the best modern storytellers, and a rare bestseller who actually deserves to be there.
Do what she says. Now the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014.
The GoldFinch - Donna Tartt