The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt [FIRST EDITION / FIRST PRINTING]
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
FIRST EDITION / FIRST PRINTING  LITTLE BROWN & COMPANY
Stated first printing. Hardcover with dust jacket in very good condition.
Dust jacket has some light shelf wear and a barcode sticker on back w/ a small spot of residue.
Book itself is very good; cover is clean. Subtle toning to pages. Some mild soiling to outer page edges along side of the book.
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.
The Goldfinch combines vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.