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Where can you find book-club questions for "The Goldfinch"?

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Book-club questions about Donna Tartt's award-winning 2013 novel "The Goldfinch" are available at websites such as Pamela Says (CreatingThePerfectExperience.com) and LitLovers.com, which specialize in publishing book-club discussions and questions. For a more comprehensive look at the novel and suggestions for discussion, a reader's guide is available from Amazon.com.

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Questions available from these websites address the content of the book directly, especially relating to the experience and history of "The Goldfinch" protagonist, Theo Decker. Some of the questions are specifically concerned with Theo's guilt and grief after the death of his mother and his relationship with his mostly-absent father. Other questions concern additional narrative elements of the novel, particularly the first-person narration, tour-de-force descriptive passages and length of the novel, at over 800 pages. These sites also include brief synopses of the novel, quotes from the novelist addressing both the creation of the novel and its thematic content, passages from relevant book reviews, blurbs and a brief author biography.

For a more comprehensive discussion and review of the novel, with accompanying questions for further discussion, book club readers can consult "The Goldfinch: A Guide for Book Clubs" by Kathryn Cope. This book includes discussions on the literary context of the novel, a full plot summary and a character listing with detailed notes.

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