The Goldfinch is due out in the US on 22 October this year, and according to a description from its publisher on Amazon.com will tell the story of a young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, who "miraculously" survives an explosion that kills his mother. "Alone and determined to avoid being taken in by the city as an orphan, Theo scrambles between nights in friends' apartments and on the city streets. He becomes entranced by the one thing that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that soon draws Theo into the art underworld," runs the blurb. "The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art."
The novel follows 11 years after Tartt's second book The Little Friend, which was published in 2002, and 21 years after her acclaimed first novel The Secret History, published in 1992. Selling millions of copies around the world and translated into 24 languages, Tartt's debut is the story of the murder of a classics student by his group of friends. It drew instant acclaim. The Little Friend opens with the death of a nine-year-old boy, and follows his 12-year-old sister's plans for vengeance 10 years later. Although it was shortlisted for the Orange prize, it did not sell nearly as well as The Secret History.
The famously reticent Tartt has not given an interview about herself or her writing for a decade. Talking to the Guardian in 2002, she said she couldn't "think of anything worse than having to turn out a book every year. It would be hell."