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The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

Fabritius vinkIt's been a great start to the summer and for this summertime post I'm recommending a book called The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. It will be great for the beach or whatever you do to disengage for the summer. What does this have to do with furniture, you might ask? For starters, this book was recommended to me by one of my furniture clients this past spring. I admit I'm not an avid fiction reader, but I devoured this 700+ page book in two weeks flat! Yes, I actually take time away from the workbench for pleasure now and again. Well, not completely; furniture does weave its way into the story. The main character, Theo Decker is a boy in New York city that grows into a young man before your eyes and experiences all the trials and tribulations only a good novel can conjure. I'm not going to give anything away here, but a major influence in Theo's development to adulthood comes from a seasoned furniture restorer in New York, who appears through much of the story. The parallels between the maturing of a person and the life of old furniture are fascinating. It includes stories of authenticity, honesty, deceit, and originality; for both the person and the furniture. For a furniture conservator it doesn't get any better than that. Now that I've finished the book I'm back at the bench for the summer with renewed enthusiasm.

Have a good summer and happy reading!

Jon Brandon

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