Karin: This modern-day Dickensean novel immersed me in its astonishing power, prose, and brilliance from page one. This new classic is full of unforgettable characters, pitch-perfect dialogue and vivid descriptions. Goldfinch's themes are huge in scope: loss, trauma, longing, family, friendship, bullies, survival, love, drugs, philosophy and power. It is full of complicated characters - their situations and relationships are bleak yet loveliness shines through - much as it does in the painting that is central to the novel. I loved the references to literature, music, art, film, and antiques. One of the BEST books of the year and truly a masterpiece.