Donna Tartt

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The Secret History

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Fiction
UK & Translation Alfred A Knopf, Inc
UK & Comm Penguin
1992
Truly deserving of the accolade modern classic, Donna Tartt’s novel is a remarkable achievement – both compelling and elegant, dramatic and playful.

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and for ever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill . . .
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A beautifully written story, well-told, funny, sad, scary, and impossible to leave alone until I finished. . . . What a debut! John Grisham


Powerful . . . Enthralling . . . A ferociously well-paced entertainment. Michiko Kakutani
New York Times
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A smart, craftsman-like, viscerally compelling novel.
Time


Tartt's voice is unlike that of any of her contemporaries. Her beautiful language, intricate plotting, fascinating characters, and intellectual energy make her debut by far the most interesting work yet from her generation.
Boston Globe


Donna Tartt has written a mesmerizing and powerful novel. Jay McInerney
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Beautifully written, suspenseful from start to finish.
Vogue


As a profoundly serious examination of remorse and its effects ... this book is as moving as it is insightful. As a murder mystery it is one of the best I have ever read. But as a first novel it takes my breath away, it is so accomplished. Ruth Rendell


The Secret History tells the story of a group of classics students at an élite American college, who are cerebral, obsessive and finally murderous ... it is a haunting, compelling and brilliant piece of fiction.
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