The Goldfinch: A Novel, Donna Tartt’s third book, is now available for preorder on Amazon. The book will be released on October 22, 2013.
Little, Brown acquired the book in September, 2008, over four years ago and originally scheduled a 2012 release date. But back in August, GalleyCat noted that the book’s publication had been pushed back. At that time, a new publication date had not yet been set.
One-time brat packer and Brett Easton Ellis’ BFF (and Bennington classmate) has had a devoted following since she published The Secret History in 1992. The Goldfinch is set to be released exactly eleven years after Ms. Tartt’s last novel, The Little Friend, a coincidence noted by NY Mag’s Vulture blog.
“A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an explosion that takes the life of his mother. Alone and determined to avoid being taken in by the city as an orphan, Theo scrambles between nights in friends’ apartments and on the city streets,” Amazon’s description reads. “He becomes entranced by the one thing that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that soon draws Theo into the art underworld.”
“Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art,” the description concludes.
The original differs slightly from the original description of the book when the deal was announced back in 2008:
“The new novel, as yet untitled, is a story of loss and obsession about a young man, guilt-stricken and damaged after the death of his mother, and the growing power that a stolen piece of art exercises over him, drawing him into an underworld of theft and corruption where nothing is as it seems,” the announcement in Publisher’s Marketplace read.
But then again, changes from the original conception of a book usually happen during the writing process.