The Goldfinch Wins Top Prize
The 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced April 14, 2014, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was presented to Donna Tartt for her novel The Goldfinch. The Goldfinch won over other nominated works The Son by Philipp Meyer and The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis.
Tartt is an established author whose previous works include The Secret History (1992) and The Little Friend (2002). A fan of writing long novels, Tartt took 11 years to write The Goldfinch, which is a solid 784 pages and was published by Little, Brown and Company.
The Goldfinch Enjoys High Critical Acclaim
First released in October of 2013, The Goldfinch was met with critical acclaim and quickly became a best seller. The New York Times raved that The Goldfinch “[is a]…glorious, Dickensian novel, a novel that pulls together all her remarkable storytelling talents into a rapturous, symphonic whole and reminds the reader of the immersive, stay-up-all-night pleasures of reading.” Of course, since such things are subjective, not all were fans of the book, remarking that it was too long and self-involved to be engrossing. However, it is safe to say that The Goldfinch was one of the top books published in 2013.