The Little Friend

The Little Friend

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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.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, ©2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400031696
1400031699
9780679439387
0679439382
Branch Call Number: FICTION Tartt 2002
F TARTT
Characteristics: 555 p. ; 24 cm

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Lady_Skimblec0ck
Aug 12, 2019

I adore this book! I too am also surprised by the negative reviews. This novel is filled with so much emotion and depth. It's not just a story about a young girl searching for the murderer of her older brother but the relationships between her and her family. The relationships she has with her grandmother as well as her aunts, her best friend and her sister. Also the contrasting story of the Ratliffs being from "the wrong side of the tracks". Its a great story about not only an unsolved murder but the contrasting classes of society in the south during the 70's. After hearing The Secret History film being dropped I hoped this one would take its place. Haven't read the The Goldfinch yet but must finish before that film debuts this fall.

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maureenradon
Jul 08, 2019

Loved The Goldfinch. I was disappointed in this book that was more just an interesting but rambling tale with a SUPER disappointing "ending."

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dukemarmalade
Dec 23, 2018

I was disappointed and could not get through this. I loved The Secret History to death (my first Tartt read) so was excited for The Little Friend, but it just did not grip me. Plus, the racist setting and characters felt unnecessary. Big turn off.

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lukasevansherman
May 14, 2018

This got great reviews, but I found it to be a tedious and overwritten slog. It's over 500 pages, which didn't help. I do appreciate that she's on about a one book a decade schedule. Fun fact: Bret Easton Ellis was a classmate of Tartt's at Bennington.

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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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kevhahn
Jun 26, 2014

kevhahn thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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