The Goldfinch

Show Notes

Lisa and her guest Scheffie Lindquist have a compelling discussion about The Goldfinch. The Goldfinch is a Pulitzer winner and delves into the life of Theo Decker, whose mom was killed in a tragic accident. He’s shuffled around and first lands at a family friend’s house in New York and then later is taken to Las Vegas. But no matter where he is – he is desperately missing his mom. Lisa and Scheffie talk about the beautiful writing and meandering plot. Spoilers are discussed.  

Here are books mentioned in the podcast: 

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

At the end of each show, the narrative is flipped, and Lisa or her guest discuss books they’ve enjoyed in, “Everyone Hated It But Me.” 

Everyone Hated It But Me Books: 

Circe by Madeline Miller

World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks and Other Astonishments by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Here are some links to articles that Lisa and her guest discussed

 The New Yorker in its review described the book as similar to children’s literature. 

A Vox Article says the book was flawed and that is one reason the movie was panned. 

A New York Times Book Review describes the book as a “glorious Dickensian novel.” 

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