Amazon picks Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch' as book of the year

Thu Nov 7, 2013 3:17pm EST
 
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Author Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch," a novel about a 14-year-old boy surviving in Manhattan after the death of his mother, topped Amazon.com Inc's list of 100 best books of 2013.

The list, released on Thursday, is compiled by editors at the online retailer. The top choices include fiction and non-fiction works, a collection of short stories, a young adult novel and an account of being held captive in Somalia.

"The Goldfinch" is Tartt's first book since "The Little Friend" in 2002, which followed her 1992 debut novel "The Secret History."

"Our top choice, 'The Goldfinch,' is an emotionally trenchant masterpiece and was hands down our team's favorite book of the year," said Sara Nelson, editorial director of books and Kindle at Amazon.

"And the Mountains Echoed," by Afghan-American novelist Khaled Hosseini, author of "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns," came in second.

Amazon said the saga about a father in Kabul who gives his daughter to a wealthy man proved that lightning can strike not twice but three times.

"As a sweeping epic, family tale, it was best in show," Nelson said in an interview.

A GREAT YEAR FOR BOOKS   Continued...