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The Secret History

By Donna Tartt
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Publisher Description

A READ WITH JENNA BOOK CLUB PICK • ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S 100 BEST MYSTERY AND THRILLER BOOKS OF ALL TIME • INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • A contemporary literary classic and "an accomplished psychological thriller ... absolutely chilling" (Village Voice), from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Goldfinch.

One of The Atlantic’s Great American Novels of the Past 100 Years

Under the influence of a charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at a New England college discover a way of thought and life a world away from their banal contemporaries. But their search for the transcendent leads them down a dangerous path, beyond human constructs of morality.

“A remarkably powerful novel [and] a ferociously well-paced entertainment . . . Forceful, cerebral, and impeccably controlled.” —The New York Times

9574 Reviews

Thinking Face“It was good, it just dragged at times for me. I don't know if it's one of those books that's better read than listen to on audio books or what for me. Maybe it's just not for me, but it's obvious from the reviews that a lot of other people enjoy this book.”
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Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingSuspensefulBeautiful settingImmersive settingComing of ageThought-provokingSexual assaultViolence
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“The best way I can describe this book is that of a dream. I absolutely adored the writing style of Donna Tartt, how utterly raw and surprisingly charming her characters are, especially with their various vices. The overarching themes of reality and illusion give plenty in terms of analysis, which is what made this book so compelling to me. The story, despite seeming very unbelievable at times, was convincing enough to keep me glued to every page til Bunny’s death and a little after. Meeting with Bunny’s family felt it dragged a little longer than it should have. Outside of that instance, however, I can definitely see why so many people adore this book, for its Greek mythology references, beautifully written and engaging scenes, and overall suspenseful narrative, it’s truly one of my favorites now. It’s so clear so much thought and heart went into this book! I look forward to reading more of Donna Tartt’s works if they’re as beautiful as this one.”
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenAddictiveSuspensefulTwistyDark settingDarkThought-provokingHomophobiaViolence

About Donna Tartt

DONNA TARTT is the author of the novels The Secret History, The Little Friend, and The Goldfinch. Her work has been published in forty languages and her third novel, The Goldfinch, was awarded the Carnegie Medal and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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