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April 15, 2014

2014 Pulitzer Prize goes to ‘The Goldfinch’ by Donna Tartt

Donna Tartt’s bestselling novel “The Goldfinch,” published by Little, Brown, won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction Monday. On Twitter, the Columbia University School of Journalism, which announces the awards, had a slip of the finger in its announcement, at first tweeting that the winner was “The Goldfish.”

In their citation, the judges described “The Goldfinch” as a “beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy’s entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction, a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart.”

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March 10, 2014

Catton, Tartt and Atwood on Baileys Women’s Prize longlist.


GoldfinchBy Sarah Shaffi.

Six debut novelists will compete against writers at the “top of their form” on the longlist for this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction [full longlist below].

Former Women’s Prize winners Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Half of a Yellow Sun, 2007) and Suzanne Berne (A Crime in the Neighbourhood, 1999) are nominated, while other major names include Donna Tartt, Margaret Atwood and 2013 Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton.


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December 28, 2013

Salon’s ultimate book guide for 2013

ultimate_book_guide-620x412Got gift certificates to spend? James McBride, Elizabeth Gilbert, Junot Diaz and many more have suggestions

Michele Filgate

Salon reached out to a bunch of writers who had new books out this year to find out what their favorite book of the year was. We saw a lot of books by big-name writers: Donna Tartt, Jonathan Lethem and Elizabeth Gilbert, just to name a few. But 2013 was a good year for lesser-known writers, too. Here are some titles you should add to your to-be-read piles. Now you just have to find the time to read them.

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May 11, 2012

Advice Columns By Famous Authors We’d Love to Read

Gertrude Stein

By Emily Temple.

This week, we’re diving into Augusten Burroughs’ newest book, a stellar series of essays meant to be a cheeky version of a self-help book, blessed with the unwieldy but hilarious title This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike. While we’re thankful for Burroughs’ ”instruction manual for living,” it got us thinking about the other authors we wish would give us some advice — whether in self-help book or advice column form — and what they might write about.

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September 9, 2011

Megan Abbott’s top 10 novels of teenage friendship

Filed under: Lists — Tags: , , , — Bookblurb @ 5:25 pm

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From Charles Dickens to Donna Tartt, the novelist chooses the best depictions of the angst-ridden alliances formed as adult life begins.

“Novels of adolescence are heavily weighted towards tales of the “friendless” – loners, malcontents, social outcasts in the Holden Caulfield tradition. It is, after all, an age of peer horrors and humiliation and a fixation on romantic or sexual connections rather than platonic ones. Friendships, when illuminated, tend to be characterised by rivalry, betrayal and the complicated nodes of identification and desire.

“Teenage stories tend to chart the harrowing passage to adulthood where no relationship is ever so uncomplicated again. In my novel, The End of Everything, 13-year-old Lizzie’s best friend Evie disappears just at that noisy hinge between childhood and adolescent tumult. Lizzie still believes, bone-deep, she knows Evie as she knows herself. But, as it turns out, she knows neither, and the revelations that follow thrust her into a painfully adult awareness.

“Given such a tortured terrain, it’s no surprise this is a list, in no particular order, dominated by the most exquisite of teen emotions: angst.” more

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