The Secret History

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Viking, 1992 - College students - 523 pages
Donna Tartt's The Secret History is the original American campus novel. When Richard Papen joins an elite group of clever misfits at his New England college, it seems he can finally become the person he wants to be. But the moral boundaries he will cross with his new friends - and the deaths they are responsible for - will change all of their lives forever. The Secret History recounts the terrible price we pay for mistakes made on the dark journey to adulthood.

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Similar to The Goldfinch, the narrator is a morally (and sexually) ambiguous character drawn in by stronger personalities. To the reader, or to me at least, his classmates were so clearly snooty ... Read full review

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User Review  - kayanelson - LibraryThing

I really liked Part I of this book. Getting to know the characters leading up to the "big event." But the Part II just dragged on and on. I read this book because some people liked it more than The Goldfinch but that slow moving 2nd half makes that questionable for me. Read full review

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Donna Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi on December 23, 1963. She wrote her first novel while attending Bennington College, where she graduated in 1986. The novel, The Secret History, was published in 1992. Her other works include The Little Friend, which won the WH Smith Literary Award in 2003, and The Goldfinch, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 for Best Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2013 and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence for Fiction. In 2014, Time named Tartt among their 100 Most Influential People.

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