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The Goldfinch, which entered USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list at No. 5 on Oct. 31, 2013, isn't losing any steam heading into the summer reading season. Donna Tartt's novel about the adventures of a boy named Theo Decker is No. 15 this week and has never left the top 30.

The book won the Pulitzer Prize in April, and publisher Little, Brown says it's sold more than 1.6 million copies. But despite its many fans, is The Goldfinch "serious literature"? Vanity Fair asks the question in its July issue in a piece titled, "It's Tartt – But Is It Art?" VF cites high-brow critics who say nay, including London's Sunday Times, which called it a "turkey."

Many mainstream reviews, however, were rapturous, including USA TODAY's, which gave it 4 out of 4 stars, and those who love the (very long) book often call it "Dickensian."

Critics cited in the Vanity Fair piece include James Wood, who wrote in The New Yorker: "Its tone, language, and story belong in children's literature."

The article quotes Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review: "A book like The Goldfinch doesn't undo any clichés — it deals in them. It coats everything in a cozy patina of 'literary' gentility."

And in The New York Review of Books, novelist and critic Francine Prose disputed comparisons to Dickens, and concluded, "Reading The Goldfinch, I found myself wondering, 'Doesn't anyone care how something is written anymore?' "

Nothing like a good literary dust-up.

Meanwhile, the paperback edition of The Goldfinch is due in April 2015.

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