Donna Tartt – Petite, Powerful, Prolific

haunting and elegant

The Goldfinch introduced me to this author whose quirky trademark is that it takes her ten years to complete each novel (the final one I must read is The Little Friend published in 2002). Her books are hefty in knowledge, insight, elegance and pages. I find her writing neat and tight; every sentence having a purpose.

The Goldfinch (published in 2013) is absolutely wonderful, in my opinion, with a romantic dreamlike quality (as you find in The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.) Abundantly layered with description and detail. It is a nourishing read; no empty calories here with its gothic thriller, love story, meditative core.

intense and complex

The Secret History (published in 1992) is consistently well paced and so taut that it produces knots in your stomach. With her expertly created characters and complex friendships, based on envy, guilt, social class, need…) she has made anything and everything possible in this inverted detective story. Although it is about murder, it isn’t just dark and disturbing but also delicate, messy, funny, excruciating and surprising.

3 thoughts on “Donna Tartt – Petite, Powerful, Prolific

  1. Lissa Manganaro

    Donna Tartt is one of my favourite authors. I discovered her back when she published her first book “The Little Friend”. Read all her books. They are all fabulous. Such an amazing writer.


    1. Another excellent author, in my opinion, is Sally Rooney. I have yet to read her latest work, Beautiful World Where Are You (which came out in September I believe) and am chomping at the bit to get my copy and dig in.


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