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Librarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereThe 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 transfixing and resonantIn 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 ne. This book uite honestly infuriated me The opening chapter is stellar and haunting so much so that I slogged through 500 pages on its promise alone Anyone beginning this novel will rightly so expect a Southern Gothic murder mystery The premise at least the one outlined on the dust jacket has so much potential set in a sleepy backwater Mississippi town it follows the adventures of an overly precocious girl from a fallen plantation family think Scout Finch meets Nancy Drew who has vowed to find and punish her brother's killer However the novel's momentum is uickly stalled by chapters and chapters of Abject Naturalism scene after scene of lush dramatic heady descriptions microscopically attentive odes to Southern hallmarks like kudzu honeysuckle bickering maiden aunts decrepit railroad tracks sassy black maids biscuits with maple syrup poor white boys who look like they could have stepped out of a Confederate tintype etc At first I patiently waded through these indulgent and often silly window dressings encouraged ever so slightly by Tartt's prose style However Tartt takes unforgivable advantage of her linguistic flair so much so that the suspense totally evaporates and the true engine of the novel the mystery and romance of the murdered brother essentially gets lost among innumerable inconseuential floridly written digressions all of which do nothing to advance the narrative I carried 500 pages of information around in my head determined to sniff out clues and sleuth alongside our protagonist only to find in the end that it was a futile venture

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The Little FriendVer identified nor has his family in the years since recovered from the tragedyFor 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 Harrie. I sort of want to scream when I read lukewarm reviews of this book Admittedly people may get the wrong idea when they read the back jacket or the first few pages and anticipate some sort of murder mystery thrillThe death of Harriet's brother is merely background for her character The skill with which Tartt explores the inner workings and thought processes of a virtually abandoned 12 year old girl whose older brother's murder has never been solved cannot be praised highly enough Tartt seems to have magically leaped over that crevasse that seperates us from our youth and from understanding the mysterious social workings of 12 year oldsI found this book though lengthy to be absolutely riveting

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Read & Download The Little Friend 104 â Librarian's note An alternate cover edition can be found hereThe 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 transfixing and resonantIn a small Mississippi town HaT’s sole ally in this uest 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 menacingA revelation of familial longing and sorrow The Little Friend explores crime and punishment as well as the hidden complications and conseuences 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 brillian. i love DTs writing with every fibre of my being but i have to be honest the low average ratingpoor reviews for this book had pushed me away from reading it for the longest time i didnt want to ruin my high opinion of DT fortunately i didnt hate this like i thought i wouldthis is not without its faults however and i would consider this to be a minor sopho slump of a novel i agree that the length is much too long for this particular story with slow pacing and unnecessary details leading to reader fatigue but there are some particularly bright spots in what is otherwise a very dark novel there is evocative imagery consistent themes and endearing characterisation hely and harriet are amazing together i do also appreciate the apparent love DT has for the south and how her own childhood experiences are translated into her writing although i would consider this to be DTs weakest novel it in no way has lessened my opinion of her capabilities as an author i just wish she didnt take 10 years to write a book because i want of her stories↠ 35 stars