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The Little Friend

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Donna Tartt

Narrated By: Donna Tartt

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: October 2002

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

The 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 more transfixing and resonant.

In 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 never identified, nor has his family, in the years since, recovered from the tragedy.

For 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. Harriet’s sole ally in this quest, 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 menacing.

A revelation of familial longing and sorrow, The Little Friend explores crime and punishment, as well as the hidden complications and consequences 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 brilliance.


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  • Nora Kovach

    Love Donna Tartt and this book did not disappoint except the ending - rich characters and storytelling will keep you invested but the end did not satisfy and left me wanting more!

  • Anonymous

    I felt the characters in this story were so animated and full of life. I really enjoyed it and thought it an excellent and well crafted novel.

  • Tonik12

    I thoroughly enjoyed Harriet and her relationships with the other characters. The story is interesting and compelling. I did not like the open ended conclusion of the book, however.