Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the criminal world.
The Goldfinch combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmeriz-ing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night-and-tell-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.FIA book discussions focus on works of fiction and non-fiction related to art, art museums, or FIA collections. The first meeting for each book sets the stage by exploring artists and artwork related to the selected book. Two weeks later, the book is discussed. These free programs are offered on Wednesdays at 1:30p.
For nearly 40 years, Ed and Karen Ogul have shared a love and passion for prints, paintings, art books, and decorative objects like those in the exhibition.
Their interest in French enameled glass began in Paris in 1997 with a few purchases, which eventually developed into a collection of over 300 objects. In addition to their own collection of art, the Oguls own Paramour Fine Arts in Franklin, Michigan, a private fine arts gallery.
For over 30 years Ed served as a teacher and administrator in the Detroit Public Schools and was an instructor at Wayne State University. Karen worked as a neo-natal intensive care registered nurse.
With this fresh and vibrantly imagined portrait of the Impressionist artist Edgar Degas, readers are transported through the eyes of a young Parisian ballerina to an era of light and movement. An ambitious and enterprising farm girl, Alexandrie joins the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet with hopes of securing not only her place in society but her family's financial future. Her plan is soon derailed, however, when she falls in love with the enigmatic artist whose paintings of the offstage lives of the ballerinas scandalized society and revolutionized the art world. As Alexandrie is drawn deeper into Degas' art and Paris' secrets, will she risk everything for her dreams of love and of becoming the ballet's star dancer?
Our first meeting starts with a discussion of the art mentioned in the novel. Two weeks later, we'll meet to discuss the book. Books are available in the Museum Shop.