If you ask a Donna Tartt fan how many Donna Tartt books there are, the fan will probably frown and say “Not enough.”
The mysterious Donna Tartt wrote The Secret History and The Little Friend.
I picked up History knowing nothing about it beyond the fact that I thought the cover was cool. The book was even better. Great story, brilliantly realized atmosphere, dead languages, bacchanalian parties, and smart people holding forth on interesting subjects and ideas.
I loved History so much that when Little Friend came out–much, much later–I read it that first weekend after its release. I liked it but didn’t love it. I suspect I’d like it more if I read it today. It’s been a long time since I read either one and I probably owe them each another go with fresh eyes.
There’s been a rumor that Donna Tartt would have a new book out in 2012. I haven’t seen any official confirmation of that, but here’s hoping.
If you’re a fan, you might enjoy an essay in Jonathan Lethem’s new collection The Ecstasy of Influence. It’s short, but gives some insight into Tartt and Bret Easton Ellis, who were on campus at the same time, and who were friendly with Lethem.
If you happen to be Ms. Tartt, here’s one reader who really hopes that 2012 is the year for the new one.