Having turned several heads with her refined and ambitious first novel The Secret History, Donna Tartt kept admirers waiting nearly a decade before delivering a second novel. With The Little Friend, she proved that she's hardly a one-hit wonder.
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Donna Louise Tartt (birth name)
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Attended University of Mississippi; B.A., Bennington College, 1986
|The Shock of Success|
|It took a full decade for Tartt to write The Little Friend. As she admitted to The Guardian in a 2002 interview, "I can't think of anything worse than having to turn out a book every year. It would be hell. Part of the problem with success is that it seduces people into overproduction. When my first book came out, I was very confused because I was thrown into a world that I knew nothing about. I just kind of lived like a student, worked like a student. And then all of a sudden -- well, the metaphor that comes to mind is a shark tank. It wasn't quite that bad. But it was a shock. It was a bucket of cold water."|
|Tartt's Sophomore Smash||The Buzzed-About Debut|
|The Little Friend|
Tartt's long-awaited second book follows a 12-year-old girl who has decided to avenge the murder of her older brother, which took place when she was a baby. Tartt told the BBC, "It's a book about children -- but not for children. It's a frightening, scary book about children coming into contact with the world of adults in a very frightening way."
|The Secret History|
Tartt's first novel, developed in college and completed over several years, tells the story of the strange and increasingly dangerous behavior of an elite group of Greek scholars at a New England college. The New Republic called it "an elaborately conceived and artistically ambitious thriller," and it made Tartt one of the most talked-about literary arrivals of 1992.
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