(Little, Brown & Company, hardcover, $12)
By Donna Tartt
After losing both of his parents (his mother to death, his father to abandonment), Theo Decker is taken in by wealthy family friends, but he is haunted by a longing for his mother. The only thing that offers him solace is a small painting that reminds him of her, instilling in him an obsession with art. As an adult, Theo works at an antique store, which brings him into contact with a dangerous circle of people. Masterfully suspenseful, The Goldfinch is a tale of mystery, love, art, and identity.
Out: October 22