The Secret History

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Little, Brown Book Group, May 2, 2013 - Fiction - 544 pages

A 'haunting, compelling, and brilliant'(The Times) novel about a group of students who, under the influence of their professor find their lives changed forever, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Goldfinch

Truly deserving of the accolade 'modern classic', Donna Tartt's novel is a remarkable achievement - 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 as they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.

'A haunting, compelling, and brilliant piece of fiction ... Packed with literary allusion and told with a sophistication and texture that owes much more to the nineteenth century than to the twentieth' -The Times

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User Review  - Dairyqueen84 - LibraryThing

I read this because my teen book club wanted to read it for our monthly book. I did not like The Goldfinch, so I did not go into this with high hopes and I was not disappointed. Richard, Henry, twins ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tohno - LibraryThing

This is a hard book to rate. All of the characters are one-dimensional, and the rating should be low. The author's interest in showing off their collection of aesthetic knick-knacks gets old before ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Donna Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, and is a graduate of Bennington College. She is the author of the novels The Secret History, The Little Friend, and The Goldfinch.

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