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The Secret History

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.

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  • parallelogram June 19, 2012, 8:31 am

    Thank-you for suggesting Johnathon Lethem. I don’t know how I’ve never heard of him, but I love non-fiction essays like the kind I have just discovered that he writes.

    I hope for a new book by Donna Tartt this year, too, but I’ve learned to hope lightly when it comes to this particular expectation.

    • Josh Hanagarne June 19, 2012, 8:54 am

      Maybe if we really hope, she’ll hear us. I got into Lethem because he wrote a mystery–Motherless Brooklyn–whose protagonist had Tourette Syndrome. Since I’ve got it, I had to read it. Later, Margaret Atwood recommended it at a reading. He’s a fantastic writer. I love his fiction, but his essays are my favorite. Have you read David Foster Wallace? His essays are also the best thing in the universe.

  • Parallelogram June 20, 2012, 4:15 pm

    Interesting. I kind of want to read the book about Tourette Syndrome now, but I put the other one on hold at the library already. Lady Atwood recommended it, huh? That makes me more curious. Thanks!

    Oh I agree, I finally started reading David Foster Wallace just three months ago. I read “A Supposedly Fun Thing” and “Consider the Lobster” right after each other, and I enjoyed (?) them both very much. Immediately after finishing those two books, I dove into “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men” AND “Girl With Curious Hair” and at a certain point, I felt like I couldn’t breathe. DFW cannot be read at a sprint or a marathon, I didn’t know. Everyone else knows this – you probably do, too. I just appreciated his mind and his writing so much. Now I have to wait at least a year before I can pick him up again.