Well, I was wrong on every count.
In my earlier predictions post, I hadn’t even considered Donna Tartt’s best-selling epic as a contender for the most prestigious prize in fiction. Honestly, I thought it would be seen as too mainstream by the committee. Fortunately for Tartt and everyone else, I greatly misjudged the judges (not one of my predictions even made the final three) and I couldn’t be happier as a result.
Today at 8pm GMT, the winners were announced and Tartt’s novel was praised as being “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.” Other finalists include The Son by Philipp Meyer and The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis.
The Goldfinch is Tartt’s third novel, almost a decade after her last release The Little Friend, and is currently in its 24th week on the New York Times best-seller list. With a film or TV adaptation on the way and a place in the shortlist of practically every major literary award out there, this is Donna Tartt’s time.