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The Little Friend Summary
Donna Tartt

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The Little Friend Summary


Fans and critics had been eagerly looking forward to The Little Friend (2002), Donna Tartt's second novel, since her literary debut—a decade earlier. After taking the literary world by storm with The Secret History (1992), Tartt spent ten years crafting her sophomore effort. The Little Friend is set in the fictional community of Alexandria, Mississippi, which is similar to the two communities in which the author lived as a child, Greenwood and Grenada, Mississippi.

In The Little Friend, Tartt explores racial and social life in the South in the late 1970s through the filter of the murder of nine-year-old Robin Dufresnes, which occurred twelve years earlier. Robin's now twelve-year-old sister Harriet takes it upon herself to try and exact revenge on the man she believed murdered him, Danny Ratliff. Hely, who harbors a crush on Harriet, aids Harriet in her quest. Her difficult home life...

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