There is nothing out there quite like Donna Tartt’s 700-page novel The Goldfinch, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, among many other tributes. But there are several books also themed around the power of art, loss, fate and beauty that we know you’ll enjoy. If you loved The Goldfinch, check out these six books.
Search of the Moon King’s Daughter by Linda Holeman
When Emmaline’s father passes away from cholera, her family is forced to move to a mill town where her mother is injured in a factory accident and becomes addicted to laudanum. In a desperate move for more drugs, her mother sells Emmaline’s little brother Tommy to a chimney sweep company in London – forcing him into a very tough and painful life. Emmaline must find him before it’s too late.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
It’s 1910 and Ursula Todd is born – a stillborn – to a wealthy English family. That same cold night, Ursula Todd is born and lives to embark on a very unusual life of strange, repeated deaths, caught between two supernatural powers at war. She has the power to change civilization if she can only live long enough to try.
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore, this New York Times bestseller brings us the story of Roxanne Coss, opera’s most revered soprano. When she’s paid to perform in South America at a wealthy businessman’s birthday party, it promises to be the show of a lifetime. But then disaster strikes as she’s captured by terrorists. Unexpected emotions swirl as time passes during her imprisonment.
Metropolis: A Novel by Elizabeth Gaffney
In the years immediately following the Civil War, young immigrants are rising from New York City in search of the American dream. Our hero is one of them, and throughout his journey, he encounters enterprising street gangs, the P.T. Barnum circus and the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. Both he and the city are changed forever in this extraordinary moment of time.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
When 15-year-old Lina’s family home is raided and she’s forced into a Siberian work camp, she has only her art for comfort. She draws to process her emotions and the horrific events surrounding her, and before passing her drawings along, she imbeds clues to her location, praying they will find their way to her father’s prison camp. If her art can help her family survive, only time will tell.
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Tragedy struck twice in author Joan Didion’s life when her daughter slipped into a coma following septic shock, and days later when Didion’s husband suffered a massive and fatal coronary. Weeks later, her daughter pulled through, but things didn’t end there. Processing it all, Didion wrote an intimate and very honest exploration of marriage and love for family – in good times and bad.
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