reviews

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
Pages: 555
Rating: 3.5 / 5

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Plot Summary: 
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 Harriet – unnervingly 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.
 

 

My Thoughts:
I have read and loved both The Goldfinch and The Secret History so when I picked up The Little Friend from my library I was expecting to adore it with the same amount of intensity as the others. Sadly, I was disappointed. Donna Tartt is a wordsmith; there is no denying that. She constructs sentences with such lovely description I have to stop and reread the passages many times. The writing and the full-fledged characters are what kept me from putting this book down. Although beautiful, the book could have been shortened at least by a hundred pages. Set up as a murder mystery in Mississippi in the 1970’s, one would think this would be about the young Harriett setting off to find her brothers killer. Instead the plot seems to go off into so many different directions that I found myself getting lost in the switching narratives and changing perspectives. It is a story of southern racial tensions, innocence and cruelty.

Unable to kill her, the cancer had taken up residence within her, and made her its comfortable home- nesting in her ribcage, rooted firmly and pushing its tentacle tips up through the surface of her skin in a matter of black moles- so (it seemed to Eugene) if someone was to cut Gum open at this point, there was apt to be no blood in her at all, only a mass of poisonous sponge.

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new releases

July New Releases

A few new releases that are coming out next week, July 11, 2017. All descriptions are from Goodreads and Edelweiss.

The Seven Rules of Elvira Carr by Frances Maynard

Release Date: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

thesevenrulesofelviracarrElvira Carr believes in crisp schedules, clear guidelines, and taking people at face value. She lives at home with her overbearing mother, who has deemed her unfit to interact with the rest of society.

But when her mother has a stroke, Ellie is suddenly forced to look after herself. She quickly comes up with an ingenious way of coping with the world: the seven social rules spreadsheet.

Unfortunately, Ellie soon discovers that most people don’t live their lives within a set of rules. As she experiences social missteps and awkward encounters, Ellie continues to learn – about herself, and the people around her. And she’ll need this new knowledge if she hopes to pave the way to living life on her own terms.

Knots by Gunnhild Øyehaug’s

Release Date: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

First published in Norway in 2004, Knots is Gunnhild Øyehaug’s radical collection of short stories that range from the surreal to the oddly mundane, and prod the discomforts of mental, sexual, and familial bonds.

9780374181673_1a265In both precise short-shorts and ruminative longer tales, Øyehaug meanders through the tangled, jinxed, and unavoidable conflicts of love and desire. From young Rimbaud’s thwarted passions to the scandalous disappearance of an entire family, these stories do the chilling work of tracing the outlines of what could have been in both the quietly morbid and the delightfully comical.

A young man is born with an uncuttable umbilical cord and spends his life physically tethered to his mother; a tipsy uncle makes an uncomfortable toast with unforeseeable repercussions; and a dissatisfied deer yearns to be seen. As one character reflects, “You never know how things might turn out, you never know how anything will turn out, tomorrow the walls might fall down, the room disappear.”

Cleverly balancing the sensuous, the surreal, and the comical, Øyehaug achieves a playful familiarity with the absurd that never overreaches the needs of her stories. Full of characters who can’t help tying knots in themselves and each other, these tales make the world just a little more strange, and introduce a major international voice of searing vision, grace, and humor.

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monthly wrap up

June Wrap-Up!

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I managed to read 8 books this month. I have been somewhat in a reading slump lately so I was very happy with this number. Hopefully July will continue to be a great reading month.

The books I read this month were:

The Cabin by Natasha Preston ★★★☆☆

The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee ★★★☆☆

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab ★★★★☆

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi ★★★★☆

The Tent by Margaret Atwood ★★★★☆

The Fever by Megan Abbott ★★★☆☆

Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger ★★★★☆

Love by Toni Morrison ★★★★☆

My favorite book this month was Love by Toni Morrison. Surprisingly, it was my first Toni Morrison novel ever. While I know it is shorter and not as dark as her first works, I thought it was a very touching portray of how corrupted and cruel love can be. It is a story woven with the intricacies of family, racial tension, and abuse that comes together with heartbreaking intensity. I am definitely planning to pick up more Morrison’s work.

Currently, I am reading The Little Friend by Donna Tartt.

What books did you read last month?

about me

20 Little Things About Me

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I love reading “facts about me” posts. To be honest, I’d rather know the tiny, interesting details about someone than to know just general information. Since I just started this blog, I figured it would be appropriate to go ahead and make one myself!

1. I am really short. I’m 23, but I’m only 5 ft tall. I used to be really self-conscious about it, but I’m learning to embrace it.

2. I am really obsessive over TV Shows. I’m currently obsessing over Twin Peaks.

3. I dont’t drink soda. It is one habit that I am so relieved I broke. I only drink tea, coffee, and water mostly.

4. I’m a cheap wine enthusiast.

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