Book for April 2016
is Tartt's first novel. Set in New England, it tells the story of a group of six students at a small Vermont college. The novel opens with the murder of one of them and explores the circumstances and effects on the other members of the group. In keeping with the setting in classics studies the story develops as a tragedy, 'fate' apparently dictating the potential promise of these young lives being lost.
is an American author of several novels. She won the WH Smith Literary Award for The Little Friend in 2003 and the Pulitzer Prize for The Goldfinch in 2014. She was named to the TIME 100 Most Influential People in 2014. Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta, and raised in the nearby town of Grenada.
She enrolled in the University of Mississippi in 1981, and her writing caught the attention of Willie Morris while she was a freshman. Following a recommendation from Morris, Barry Hannah, then an Ole Miss Writer-in-Residence, admitted eighteen-year-old Tartt into his graduate short story course. "She was deeply literary," says Hannah. "Just a rare genius, really. A literary star." Following the suggestion of Morris and others, she transferred to Bennington College in 1982, where she was friends with fellow students Bret Easton Ellis, Jill Eisenstadt, and Jonathan Lethem, and studying classics with Claude Fredericks. She dated Ellis for a while after sharing works in progress, The Secret History and Less Than Zero respectively.
Other books we've read by the same author:The Goldfinch