Donna Tartt - Author

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Donna Tartt was educated at the University of Mississippi and Bennington College. She lives in Mississippi and New York City.

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Featured books by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

Author: Donna Tartt Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards RTE Listeners' Choice Award 2013. Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

Author: Donna Tartt Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2014

One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.   Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards RTE Listeners' Choice Award 2013.

The Secret History

The Secret History

Author: Donna Tartt Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/1993

A misfit at an exclusive New England college, Richard finds kindred spirits in the five eccentric students of his ancient Greek class. But his new friends have a horrific secret. When blackmail and violence threaten to blow their privileged lives apart, they drag Richard into the nightmare that engulfs them. And soon they enter a terrifying heart of darkness from which they may never return.

Other books by Donna Tartt

The Secret History 25th anniversary edition

The Secret History 25th anniversary edition

Author: Donna Tartt Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/2017

A Hay Festival and The Poole VOTE 100 BOOKS for Women Selection Truly deserving of the accolade Modern Classic, Donna Tartt's cult bestseller The Secret History is a remarkable achievement - both compelling and elegant, dramatic and playful. Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and for ever.

Sticletele

Sticletele

Author: Donna Tartt Format: eBook Release Date: 30/06/2015

Theo Decker, un adolescent de treisprezece ani din New York, supravietuieste ca prin minune unei explozii care îi omoara mama într-un muzeu de arta si intra fara voia lui în posesia unui mic tablou fascinant, preferatul mamei sale. Ani de zile mai târziu, dupa o copilarie aventuroasa, Theo lucreaza într-un magazin de antichitati, iar tabloul ascuns cu grija ani de zile devine pe neasteptate poarta de acces catre lumea subterana a traficului cu opere de arta.O poveste plinA de suspans, meE teE ugitA meticulos, asemenea unui tablou flamand, despre iubire E i artA , despre pierdere E i obsesie, despre supravieE uire E i modelarea propriului destin, toate supuse întorsA turilor imprevizibile E i nemiloase ale sorE ii.„Un triumf. Donna Tartt ne oferA o operA de ficE iune excepE ionalA .“ (Stephen King)„Un roman dickensian superb, seducA tor, care te E ine cu sufletul la gurA fA rA sA -E i piardA nici o clipA energia narativA .“ (New York Times)„O carte despre artA în toate formele sale.“ (Vanity Fair)„O elegantA E i îndelung aE teptatA meditaE ie asupra dragostei E i a forE ei pA trunzA toare a artei... ElocventA E i convingA toare... “ (Kirkus Reviews)

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

Author: Donna Tartt Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards RTE Listeners' Choice Award 2013. Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

Author: Donna Tartt Format: eBook Release Date: 22/10/2013

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE"e;The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."e;--Stephen King, The New York Times Book ReviewTheo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love--and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

Secret History

Secret History

Author: Donna Tartt Format: eBook Release Date: 02/05/2013

Truly deserving of the accolade 'modern classic', Donna Tartt's novel is a remarkable achievement - compelling and elegant, dramatic and playful.Under the influence of their charismatic Classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality, their lives are changed profoundly and for ever.

Secret History

Secret History

Author: Donna Tartt Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2010

Penguin Audiobooks presents Donna Tartts cult thriller The Secret History, unabridged, downloadable and read by the author herself. A misfit at an exclusive New England college, Richard finds kindred spirits in the five eccentric students of his ancient Greek class. But his new friends have a horrific secret. When blackmail and violence threaten to blow their privileged lives apart, they drag Richard into the nightmare that engulfs them. And soon they enter a terrifying heart of darkness from which they may never return ... The smartest murder-mystery you will ever hear

Little Friend

Little Friend

Author: Donna Tartt Format: eBook Release Date: 15/01/2008

The second novel by Donna Tartt, bestselling author of The Goldfinch (winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize), The Little Friend is a grandly ambitious and utterly riveting novel of childhood, innocence and evil. The setting is Alexandria, Mississippi, where one Mother's Day a little boy named Robin Cleve Dufresnes was found hanging from a tree in his parents' yard. Twelve years later Robin's murder is still unsolved and his family remains devastated. So it is that Robin's sister Harrietunnervingly bright, insufferably determined, and unduly influenced by the fiction of Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson--sets out to unmask his killer. Aided only by her worshipful friend Hely, Harriet crosses her town's rigid lines of race and caste and burrows deep into her family's history of loss. Filled with hairpin turns of plot and ';a bustling, ridiculous humanity worthy of Dickens' (The New York Times Book Review), The Little Friend is a work of myriad enchantments by a writer of prodigious talent.From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Little Friend

The Little Friend

Author: Donna Tartt Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/06/2005

Twelve-year-old Harriet is doing her best to grow up, which is not easy as her mother is permanently on medication, her father has silently moved to another city, and her serene sister rarely notices anything. All of them are still suffering from the shocking and mysterious death of her brother Robin twelve years earlier, and it seems to Harriet that the family may never recover. So, inspired by Captain Scott, Houdini, and Robert Louis Stevenson, she sets out with her only friend Hely to find Robin's murderer and punish him. But what starts out as a child's game soon becomes a dark and dangerous journey into the menacing underworld of a small Mississippi town.

Secret History

Secret History

Author: Donna Tartt Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2004

The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.In this brilliant debut novel, Donna Tartt gives us a richly textured and hypnotic story of golden youth corrupted by its own moral arrogance.Richard Papen had never been to New England before his nineteenth year. Then he arrived at Hampeden College and quickly became seduced by the sweet, dark rhythms of campus life -- in particular by an elite group of five students, Greek scholars, worldly, self-assured, and at first glance, highly unapproachable.Yet as Richard was accepted and drawn into their inner circle, he learned a terrifying secret that bound them to one another ... a secret about an incident in the woods in the dead of night where an ancient rite was brough to brutal life ... and lead to a gruesome death. And that was just the beginning ...

Secret History

Secret History

Author: Donna Tartt Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/04/2004

The Little Friend

The Little Friend

Author: Donna Tartt Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2002

Harriet Cleve Dusfrenes grows up haunted by the murder of her brother. His killer was never identified, and the family never recovered from the tragedy. Harriet lives largely in the world of her imagination, alone even in company. Then one day she decides to find his murderer and exact her revenge.

The Secret History

The Secret History

Author: Donna Tartt Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/1993

A misfit at an exclusive New England college, Richard finds kindred spirits in the five eccentric students of his ancient Greek class. But his new friends have a horrific secret. When blackmail and violence threaten to blow their privileged lives apart, they drag Richard into the nightmare that engulfs them. And soon they enter a terrifying heart of darkness from which they may never return.

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