I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
I don't read blurbs before plunging into a book, but maybe I should have in this case.
I started this one on the anniversary of my mother's death in an automobile accident and I think I may be a bit over-invested in Theo at this point. I'm identifying very closely with his feelings on the death of his mother.
Tartt must have some experience of traumatic loss--she writes it very accurately.