The Secret History is set at a small New England college. Richard Papen is from California and new to the college. He doesn't feel like he belongs, but then is allowed to join an exclusive classics tutorial with just five other students, who are a society unto themselves. Richard is invited into the group, but remains a bit of an outsider. The others, we eventually learn, don't share all their secrets with him. There's a murder--two murders actually--and, if not suspense, a hunger to see the secrets revealed. I apologize for the cliche, but The Secret History really is a page turner. I've read only a handful of books that I couldn't put down and this was one of them. It's also that relatively rare phenomenon, a best-seller with literary merit.
Donna Tartt also wrote The Little Friend--a few scenes from it continue to haunt me, though I read it years ago, and! and! I just learned that her third novel, The Goldfinch, will be published this month! I am very excited to read it.
I admit, it feels a bit like cheating to write about a best-seller from twenty years ago, that you all have probably read. It has been taking me forever to get through my current book, which I thought would be the "assignment" for today. On the other hand, The Secret History is one of those books I reread now and then because it was so good. Who has read it? What did you think?