The Secret History, Donna Tartt’s 1992 debut, was that exceedingly rare creature: a brilliant and addictive thriller that utterly fulfilled its unprecedented pre-publication hype. The novel became a bestseller, and 28-year-old Tartt became the hottest literary ticket in town. And then she disappeared.
Ten years later, Tartt wrote The Little Friend, a forgettable trial of a book. Now she’s back, after another decade, with The Goldfinch—a 784-page doorstop named after a painting by the 17th-century Dutch master Carel Fabritius.
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Fernanda Moore wrote for us last month about Jonathan Lethem’s Dissident Gardens.