Virtual Book Club: 'The Goldfinch' (2013)
By Donna Tartt

3.00PM Wed 23 Jun 2021
VIRTUAL | Ticketed

Discuss art, life, culture and creativity from the comfort of your own home at the QAGOMA Members Virtual Book Club or join us on -site for a socially distanced discussion at the Gallery. The titles on the reading list from June until November will connect to, contextualise and discuss the ideas presented in ‘European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’, organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in collaboration with the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and Art Exhibitions Australia.

The Goldfinch (2013) by Donna Tartt

Session 1: Wed 23 Jun, 3.00pm | Virtual
Session 2: Thu 24 Jun, 10.30am | On-site
Session 3: Sat 26 Jun, 2.30pm | On-site

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Aged 13, Theo Decker — son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father — survives an explosion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Alone in New York, Theo is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, clinging to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, captivating painting that he pulled from the wreckage of the blast: Carel Fabritius’s The Goldfinch 1654. As he grows up, the painting draws him into the underworld of art, pulling us into a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, and of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.

Booking essential / Book online or call (07) 3840 7278
Virtual Book Club: Free for Members / $5 Members' Guests
On-site Book Club: $12 Members / $17 Members' Guests (includes refreshments)
The QAGOMA Members Virtual Book Club is hosted online via Zoom. If you're new to Zoom and have any questions, please get in touch with us. The link to join the meeting will emailed to you one hour prior to the start of the session.
Members receive 20% off current and past Book Club titles from the QAGOMA Store.
'European Masterpieces' Reading List
-The Goldfinch (2013) by Donna Tartt
-The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velázquez (2016) by Laura Cumming
-The Birth of Venus (2003) by Sarah Dunant
-Metropolitan Stories: A Novel (2021) by Christine Coulson
-Sudden Death (2013) by Álvaro Enrigue, translated by Natasha Wimmer
-Girl in Hyacinth Blue (1999) by Susan Vreeland