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As Novelist, Tartt ’86 “A Rarity”

The Donna Tartt ‘86 was cited in the Chicago Tribune as a rare example of a writer who followed up a great debut novel with another.  

Donna Tartt

“Just shy of 30, [Tartt] published The Secret History (1992), a quasi-mystery set at a fictional stand-in for Bennington College, where the guilty party is revealed in the opening chapter. Long, intricate, emotionally full to the point of near melodrama, it's like reading the world's greatest soap opera. Tartt would top it with The Goldfinch in 2013, for which she won a 2014 Pulitzer Prize.”