Donna Tartt is an American author known for her literary works that combine elements of classicism, suspense, and deep character studies. She gained widespread recognition with her debut novel 'The Secret History' in 1992, which became a bestseller. Tartt's writing is characterized by its rich prose and intricate plotting. Her other notable works include 'The Little Friend' and 'The Goldfinch,' the latter of which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014.
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A group of six classics students at a small, elite Vermont college, led by a charismatic professor, become entranced by the study of Greek culture and decide to recreate a Dionysian ritual, which ends in a tragic accident. The group, bound by their shared secret, begins to unravel as paranoia and guilt take hold. The novel explores themes of beauty and terror, the allure of the esoteric, and the destructive consequences of obsession.
The book follows the life of a young boy who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum, which kills his mother. In the confusion following the explosion, he steals a priceless Dutch painting, The Goldfinch, which becomes his secret treasure and eventually draws him into the criminal underworld. The narrative explores themes of loss, survival, and the power of art to shape human destiny.