The Little Friend
Books | Fiction / Literary
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Goldfinch comes an utterly riveting novel set in Mississippi of childhood, innocence, and evil. • “Destined to become a special kind of classic.” —The New York Times Book ReviewThe setting is Alexandria, Mississippi, where one Mother’s Day a little boy named Robin Cleve Dufresnes was found hanging from a tree in his parents’ yard. Twelve years later Robin’s murder is still unsolved and his family remains devastated. So it is that Robin’s sister Harriet—unnervingly bright, insufferably determined, and unduly influenced by the fiction of Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson--sets out to unmask his killer. Aided only by her worshipful friend Hely, Harriet crosses her town’s rigid lines of race and caste and burrows deep into her family’s history of loss. Filled with hairpin turns of plot and “a bustling, ridiculous humanity worthy of Dickens” (The New York Times Book Review), The Little Friend is a work of myriad enchantments by a writer of prodigious talent.
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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"This is the second Donna Tartt book I’ve read (Goldfinch was first, which I loved). She is a very skilled writer and I really enjoy reading her work. My main complaint about this book is the length. I enjoy long books when there is reason for that length. While Tartt explored her themes in interesting ways (and I LOVE a deep dive into people’s personal thoughts), this would have benefited from some serious editing. "