The Goldfinch, Tartt's third novel, has been getting plenty of buzz since it was published in October 2013. It has been nominated for several prestigious awards, and is currently on the shortlist for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction, but the Pulitzer is its first big win. The award comes with a $10,000 cash prize and, of course, plenty of prestige, or what those of us in less well-spoken circles might call bragging rights.
The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is one of the most well-known American literary awards. It specifically honors fiction by an American author that deal with an American life. The other finalists for this year were The Son by Philipp Meyer, a novel spanning several generations of one Texas family, and The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis, another novel with a long scope, this one examining the moral questions often raised by American foreign policy in the past 50 years.
Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, of course, is also a novel that spans a good number of years, so maybe there's a theme there.
The novel has been highly popular this past year, tough it hasn't been received with universal praise. And its Pultizer win is somewhat noteworthy in that many of the books it's been up against for other awards, such as Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and The Lowlands by Jhumpa Lahiri, were not finalists for the Pultizer.
The news of The Goldfinch's win has received mixed reactions on Twitter with plenty of both excitement and criticism.
But the most interesting Twitter moment came when the prize was first announced by the Columbia School of Journalism, and the title was listed as, well:
Whatever happens next for The Goldfinch (or is it Goldfish?), be it a Bailey's Prize win or a spectacular movie adaptation, it's already cemented itself in history via the list of Pulitzer Prize winners. So congratulations!