The Little Friend

  • by Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by Donna Tartt
  • 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 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 about in stories. Fiercely determined, precocious far beyond her 12 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.


What the Critics Say

"An exceptionally suspenseful, flawlessly written story fairly teeming with outsize characters and roiling emotion." (Booklist, Starred Review)
"Tartt's second novel confirms her talent as a superb storyteller, sophisticated observer of human nature and keen appraiser of ethics and morality." (Publishers Weekly)
"A ruthlessly precise reckoning of the world as it is...filtered through the bright colors and impossible demands of childhood perception." (The New York Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Couldn't put it down!

(Can you say that about an audiobook?) I don't understand the negative reviews of this, my boyfriend and I brought it along on a trip to Montreal and found it fascinating. Maybe you need a long stretch of time to listen to it. Donna Tartt has a wonderful reading voice with an ear for accents that brings every character to life. The story is a very moving coming-of-age tale with a lot of touches of dark humor that make for a compulsively listenable story.
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- Delia


Slow, very slow, with an annoying story deficiency. Beautiful descriptions of details, feelings and places, but that isn?t quite enough to keep me listening.
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- Linda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-01-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio