Big news on the fiction front today: Little, Brown has announced an October 22 publication date for Donna Tartt's third novel, The Goldfinch. Tartt's first novel, The Secret History, was a huge bestseller and an instant classic when it was published in 1992—a sophisticated, erudite novel set in the ever-intriguing world of academia that blended psychological suspense with literary mastery.
Not much information is available on the new book aside from a brief description, but it's a tantalizing one:
A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker miraculously survives an explosion that takes the life of his mother. Alone and determined to avoid being taken in by the city as an orphan, Theo scrambles between nights in friends' apartments and on the city streets. He becomes entranced by the one thing that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that soon draws Theo into the art underworld.
Tartt made waves when she left her longtime publisher Knopf for Little, Brown in 2008, not long after the company swiped Tom Wolfe from FSG. But the acquisition of The Goldfinch was a bit of a gamble for Little, Brown publisher Michael Pietsch: Though The Secret History has sold more than 5 million copies, The Little Friend sold less than 150,000 copies in hardcover. Where will The Goldfinch fall on this spectrum? We can't wait to find out. Will you look for it in October?
Related in BookPage: Our interview with Donna Tartt about The Little Friend.