If you want to read a terrific book - this is it! The Goldfinch has it all: suspense, loss, the arts, and a protagonist who seems to be made of real flesh and blood. I don't often give 5 stars, but this is a beautiful story, one where I savored every word. The first 2/3 of the book flows, and I loved the storyline, while the final 3rd has the feel of a completely other book.
Theo Decker lives with his mother in New York City. His mother takes the day off work and they are on their way to a meeting at school, when they duck into an art museum to escape the rain. Circumstance places them at the exact wrong place at the worst of times and his mother is killed.
Left alone, reeling with guilt, he is shuttled about until his real father can be found. He wasn't a good father before, why would he be now?
Theo goes from a young boy to a young man in the story as it follows his life which is far from easy.
You may be interested in the painting by Carel Fabritius so I wanted to let you know about a good article by Malcolm Jones at The Daily Beast. Enjoy!