The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
I confess I haven’t finished this long novel yet, but I can’t stop thinking about it. Theo, Tartt’s newest protagonist, is just as flawed as her characters from The Secret History. Like that novel, this is not a happy book. Theo makes bad decisions, lies, is victimized, and survives all of it. As a reader, you will find yourself engrossed by his difficult life and wondering how all the pieces of the mystery of The Goldfinch, a rare painting, will come together. It’s keeping me up late at night. Put it on hold now!