The Secret History

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Penguin, 2008 - Classical fiction - 628 pages
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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User Review  - nancyjean19 - LibraryThing

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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About the author (2008)

Donna Tartt was educated at the University of Mississippi and Bennington College, and is the author of a second novel, The Little Friend. She lives in Mississippi and New York City.

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