Well I did finish Daniel Stein, Interpreter, and as expected it was wonderful. It was one of those books that makes me slow down towards the end because I don't want to finish! I want to buy a copy for everyone I know.
I put The Goldfinch aside for now, because its topic was hitting a little close to home for me at the moment, and picked up a crime novel instead.
Gene Kerrigan's The Midnight Choir is set as the Irish economy is in decline but before the big bust-up of 2008. It concerns a series of crimes- robbery, rape, murder- and the people who tie them together. It's kind of depressing at the moment but I'm going to keep reading. After this I'm going to pick something else off my shelves that's been sitting there for a while.