The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is a coming-of-age novel that follows Theodore Decker, 13, in the wake of his traumatic experience in a deadly terrorist attack on the Metropolitan Museum of Art. That fateful afternoon, Theo lost his beloved mother, who had been the center of his universe, and gained a terrible secret. In a haze of injury, heightened emotion, and mayhem, he left the museum with a priceless masterwork. He carries it through his life like a miserable souvenir; Theo is fearful for its safety and his capture in equal measure.
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