The Little Friend

The Little Friend

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Random House, Inc.
The hugely anticipated new novel by the author of The Secret History—a best-seller nationwide and around the world, and one of the most astonishing debuts in recent times—The Little Friend is even more transfixing and resonant.

In a small Mississippi town, Harriet Cleve Dusfresnes grows up in the shadow of her brother, who—when she was only a baby—was found hanging dead from a black-tupelo tree in their yard. His killer was never identified, nor has his family, in the years since, recovered from the tragedy.

For Harriet, who has grown up largely unsupervised, in a world of her own imagination, her brother is a link to a glorious past she has only heard stories about or glimpsed in photograph albums. Fiercely determined, precocious far beyond her twelve years, and steeped in the adventurous literature of Stevenson, Kipling, and Conan Doyle, she resolves, one summer, to solve the murder and exact her revenge. Harriet’s sole ally in this quest, her friend Hely, is devoted to her, but what they soon encounter has nothing to do with child’s play: it is dark, adult, and all too menacing.

A revelation of familial longing and sorrow, The Little Friend explores crime and punishment, as well as the hidden complications and consequences that hinder the pursuit of truth and justice. A novel of breathtaking ambition and power, it is rich in moral paradox, insights into human frailty, and storytelling brilliance.

Baker & Taylor
Growing up in a small Mississippi town in a family haunted by the murder of her brother, Robin, Harriet Cleve Dusfresnes lives in a world of her imagination, until, at the age of twelve, she decides to find Robin's murderer and exact her revenge.

Blackwell North Amer
In a small Mississippi town, Harriet Cleve Dufresnes grows up in the shadow of her brother, who - when she was only a baby - was found hanging dead from a black-tupelo tree in their yard. His killer was never identified, nor has his family, in the years since, recovered from the tragedy.
For Harriet, who has grown up largely unsupervised, in a world of her own imagination, her brother is a link to a glorious past she has only heard stories about or glimpsed in photograph albums. Fiercely determined, precocious far beyond her twelve years, and steeped in the adventurous literature of Stevenson, Kipling, and Conan Doyle, she resolves, one summer, to solve the murder and exact her revenge. Harriet's sole ally in this quest, her friend Hely, is devoted to her, but what they soon encounter has nothing to do with child's play: it is dark, adult, and all too menacing.

Baker
& Taylor

Growing up in a small Mississippi town in a family haunted by the murder of her brother, Robin, Harriet Cleve Dusfresnes lives in a world of her imagination, until, at the age of twelve, she decides to find Robin's murderer and exact her revenge. By the author of The Secret History. 300,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2002
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780679439387
0679439382
Branch Call Number: FIC Tartt, D 2002
Characteristics: 555 pages ; 24 cm

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finn75
Aug 10, 2015

A young girl struggling to come to terms with her brothers death while growing up in a dysfunctional family. A little long winded but an absorbing look into the mind of a fiesty determined child.

Jaime_Bravo Jul 17, 2015

The hatred some people have for this book is so surprising to me! It is every bit as well written as "The Secret History" and "The Goldfinch" and I would have to say that Harriet Cleve Dufresnes is arguably the most likable protagonist I have yet to come across.

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mikkisgrandma
Nov 01, 2014

While I enjoyed the book, I was completely dissatisfied and surprised by the weak ending. I felt cheated. I enjoyed her writing enough to try The Goldfinch, but haven't completed it yet--so far, so good!

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kevhahn
Jun 26, 2014

AWFUL. Plot goes nowhere. Ms Tartt rambles on forever then suddenly, the book just ends. The editor should have said cut a lot of the irrelevant writing that has nothing to do with the storyline or add an epilogue to tie it all together and give a sense of closure (Maybe she was considering a sequel). I've read a lot of books and this is the worst one I've read!

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b_johnstone
Jan 23, 2014

I too did not finish it. I had to return it on its due date, but had no regret, since the story seemed at a point where it could well end -- at the end of chapter five.

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HannaBanana41
Dec 29, 2013

The author is an excellent writer no doubt, I just can't finish her books..yet. I'm waiting on the "Goldfinch".
It seems to me the main story gets lost in the endless details, and some readers like that, others do not.

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Terre9
Dec 11, 2013

I can see why some readers say they couldn't finish it and why some may be disappointed when they do. That said Donna Tartt is a readers writer and this story is a period piece and a satisfying slice of life from a young girl's perspective.

lolo1 Jul 18, 2013

I loved The Secret History but I couldn't finish this book. However, that won't stop me from borrowing Goldfinch when it's released. She can write, no doubt about that. I just couldn't get into The Little Friend.

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uncommonreader
Apr 21, 2013

Set in the 1970s in Mississippi, this story contains racial stereotypes and is cliched. At 555 pages, the author takes too long to tell her story. I felt no motivation to finish it.

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rabbiejones
Sep 20, 2012

This is a very good book, well written and funny. I really liked "The Secret History" and so tried this one. The author really manages to evoke a sense of plac and time and i absolutely adored the main character. Be prepared to finish the book with some central questions left unanswered.

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Jun 26, 2014

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