I must’ve read Donna Tartt’s first grand-in-theme novel, The Secret History, three times so far in this lifetime (hehe), but resisted The Little Friend—boy was I a dunce. It’s just as terrific, and gothic, and lush. Can’t wait to read her new book, The Goldfinch. Tartt’s an author of twisty mysteries that dwell on psychological mores. Smart page-turners . . . here’s a passage from The Little Friend:
“She was twelve years old and in the seventh grade. Though she was an A student, the teachers had never known how to handle her. Sometimes they telephoned her mother, or Edie—who, as anyone who knew anything about the Cleves was aware, was the one you wanted to talk to; she was both field marshall and autocrat, the person of greatest power in the family and the person most likely to act. But Edie herself was uncertain how to deal with Harriet. Harriet was not disobedient, exactly, or unruly, but she was haughty, and somehow managed to irritate nearly every adult with whom she came in contact.” —The Little Friend
I recommend Donna Tartt wholeheartedly. Her books are long in a good way, and I fell into the complex plotlines with ease, and enjoyed the tension, especially in The Secret History, where I kept wondering how these people were going to get away with something ominous, and that was the best trick of accomplishment Tartt pulled off. Her books have all been bestsellers, and for a reason. Tartt could teach a master course on writing and I’d be in the back row soaking up wisdom.
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