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Kebi, January 19, 2015 (view all comments by Kebi)
After reading The Goldfinch last year (and being blown away by Tartt's storytelling and writing brilliance - again - I decided to go back and re-read The Little Friend, which I read originally when it first came out. It was memorable then, though I'd forgotten much (10 years!). It seemed even richer than I remembered. What I loved: 1) her beautiful and affecting prose, 2) her breathtaking storytelling that seized me and didn't let go until the end, and 3) her ability to enter "foreign" worlds (in this case, a southern childhood) and inhabit them like a native, and to take you there so you felt like a native too. Someone mentioned Lord of the Flies in a review of this novel, and the reference is apt (though Lord of the Flies left me far more depressed). These are children, but no less purposeful and intense about their lives than the most intense adult. The book was full of jaw dropping scenes, heartbreaking ones, funny ones, and terrifying ones, as well as simply being full of beauty. I really loved this book. (An aside: I loved The Goldfinch too, but The Secret History - not so much. I couldn't get into it but maybe I'll try again one of these days.)

I strongly recommend The Little Friend to fans of The Goldfinch and to everyone who appreciates genius literary fiction.
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MargPDX, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by MargPDX)
I loved this book. I just re-read it to lead a discussion for my book club. The characters snap and the dark humor is a delight.
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Deborah Fochler, August 19, 2007 (view all comments by Deborah Fochler)
If you want a book to read fast - this is not the one for you. I am an avid reader and had to stop and drag out a dictionary at least twice. Ms. Tartt loves big words and lots of them. But this story is worth the effort. It is not what I expected at the beginning but still delves into the psyche of children and adults alike. It is emotional, scary and at times extremely disturbing and yet at moments you feel the "love" of this family and their hurt and pain and search for the revelations of all the secrets - the need to know what happened to a loved one. And that is the saving grace of this novel - the love of family.
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cmeerdink, January 10, 2007 (view all comments by cmeerdink)
This is a very richly written book that draws you into the life and legends of a small town. If you are looking for a linear plot (introduce characters - develop story - resolve conflicts), this may not be the book for you, but I liked it quite a lot.
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Tartt, Donna
Tartt, Donna
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
October 28, 2003
Grade Level:
8 x 5.13 x 1.12 in 1 lb

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Product details 640 pages Vintage - English 9781400031696 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Tartt is able to quietly transform the book from a patient study of a family's disassembly and despair to a gut-thumping story of a little girl seeking a measure of understanding and well-deserved revenge....Though absent of the twisted sexual tension of East Coast blue bloods that so thoroughly inhabited The Secret History, Tartt's first novel, The Little Friend is a more focused read, a deeper exploration of the dark manner in which the past never leaves us alone."
"Review" by , "A far more emotionally resonant novel than its predecessor....[Ms. Tartt] makes palpable the losses that the family has sustained over the years."
"Review" by , "In this review, I can tell you that The Little Friend — her second novel, arriving 10 years after The Secret History — is overlong, its writing occasionally precious and its resolution murky; and I can also praise the book's vital characters, its supple conjuring of mood and place, and its dry, dark humor. But I can't explain how it is that this is a novel you sink into, or how Tartt casts her weird spell. I suspect, however, that it has nothing to do with acquired technique or any understanding of real life; no doubt she picked up the knack during a lifetime of obsessive and probably unhealthy reading. Wherever she got it, she sure knows how to write the sort of book that people who want to get lost in a book get lost in."
"Review" by , "[L]anguidly atmospheric....[B]y the time you get to page 543, you're so engrossed in just about everything but the murder that you no longer care who dunnit....[I]t takes you somewhere worth going."
"Review" by , "The Little Friend is a terrific story....By now it should be obvious what Tartt's been up to since The Secret History came out: she's been slaving away on this extraordinary book."
"Review" by , "[D]estined to become a special kind of classic — a book that precocious young readers pluck from their parents' shelves and devour with surreptitious eagerness..."
"Review" by , "[V]ery long, very overheated, yet absorbing....Despite an overload of staggered false climaxes, it's all quite irrationally entertaining....Tartt appears to have struck gold once again."
"Review" by , "[A] sprawling story of vengeance...told in a rich, controlled voice that can come only from long effort....[A] grownup book that captures the dark, Lord of the Flies side of childhood and classic children's literature."
"Review" by , "[W]ell worth the long wait....[A]n exceptionally suspenseful, flawlessly written story fairly teeming with outsize characters and roiling emotion."
"Review" by , "[C]onfirms [Tartt's] talent as a superb storyteller, sophisticated observer of human nature and keen appraiser of ethics and morality....The Little Friend flowers with emotional insight, a gift for comedy and a sure sense of pacing."
"Review" by , "Because of Tartt's mastery of suspense, this book will grip most readers all the way through to its bitter end....Although this is a large novel, Tartt has created a claustrophobic world in which there is little possibility of freedom for any character."
"Review" by , "Breathtaking....A sublime tale rich in religious overtones, moral ambiguities, and violent, poetic acts....From its darkly enticing opening, we are held spellbound."
"Review" by , "Readers are easily swept up....At times humorous, at times heartbreaking, The Little Friend is most surprising when it is edge-of-your-seat scary."
"Review" by , "[B]y the time you get to page 543, you're so engrossed in just about everything but the murder that you no longer care who dunnit. And, by that point, you suspect that Tartt doesn't care, either....[The Littel Friend] takes the shape of a murder mystery, but it's not really about a death at all. It's about a way of life....The fact that The Littel Friend turns out to be quite different from the thriller that the reader...may have expected is a serious flaw. And yet as a novel of Southern manners it succeeds remarkably well....The Little Friend doesn't get where it was headed..., but there's no question that it takes you somewhere worth going."
"Synopsis" by , A grandly ambitious and riveting novel of childhood, innocence and evil.
"Synopsis" by , The hugely anticipated new novel by the author of The Secret History. Even more transfixingly suspenseful than its predecessor, this is a dark work of lost childhood, rich in moral paradox, as a 12-year-old Mississippi girl sets out to find her brother's murderer.
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