The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - 4 stars
I was surprised at how much I liked this book. It was incredibly well written and while I felt some passages may have been a little long winded the overall story was fascinating. I feel like I need to see the piece of art in real life and following it's journey through the story. Theo Decker had quite the interesting life and by the end I was happy with where he was headed. It may have been rocky, insane, and almost unbelievable along the way but as the book said sometime good things can come out of bad situations.
Great read for book club. Highly recommend. Just make sure to give yourself time to read! Amazon gives a quick synopsis followed by one of the last meals Theo mentioned between himself and his mother, Audrey.
Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
MENU - A last meal between Theo and Audrey
Linguine Carbonara - recipe from Cooking Light
Mini Blueberry Pies - recipe from Pillsbury