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Bring a Baby: The Goldfinch

John Crowley

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, critically acclaimed and a global best-seller, it was only a matter of time before Donna Tartt’s beguiling story of loss, love and art would be given a cinematic adaptation. For the legions of readers who are nervous that this film might not do their beloved novel justice, take heart. With a screenplay by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), cinematography by Roger Deakins (Dunkirk), a superb cast including Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver), Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Nicole Kidman, Luke Wilson, and Jeffrey Wright, and helmed by director John Crowley (Brooklyn), who has sensitively adapted literary texts for screen, we are very confident The Goldfinch won’t disappoint.

"Combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerising language and breathtaking suspense..."

It begins with a boy. 13-year-old New Yorker Theo Decker miraculously survives a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that tragically kills his mother, and is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home, unable to relate to his schoolmates, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting called The Goldfinch which he took from the museum on that fateful day. As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the antiques store where he works, but the painting ultimately draws him into an underworld of art dealing and danger. Haunted by his mother’s absence and living with the mysterious provenance of the painting, Theo makes extreme life choices, leading to a decade of adventure, sorrow, mystery, and redemption.

The Goldfinch combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerising language and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, sprawling, old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.