The Pulitzer Prize committee awarded its top fiction award to Donna Tartt's literary masterpiece, The Goldfinch, on Monday. The judges agreed that the 784-page novel was worthy of the critical and popular acclaim it's received since debuting in October 2013, and they described the work as a "beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy's entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction, a book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart."
While a story about a painting might sound a bit stuffy, those who read the book know it has some serious edginess — in the form of beautiful socialites, tragic drug addicts, and sympathetic international criminals. Hollywood has picked up on the appeal, and the team behind the Hunger Games adaptation has claim to the rights. It's not clear if it will be turned into a big-screen film or a high-brow TV miniseries, but either way, we can't wait. In fact, since we're so impatient, we've taken the opportunity to cast the project ourselves.