Although The Secret History by Donna Tartt was published over a decade ago (in 1992), it remains my go-to Summer read. The novel follows a young man named Richard Paper, who begins his college education at an elite school in Vermont. From a modest background, Richard quickly becomes intrigued by an upper-class group of boys who have created an Ancient Greek curriculum of their own, through the guidance of an unconventional mentor and professor. Since the novel is set on a college campus, most of the action revolves around the social networks of the school, and focuses on this small and select group of pupils, which Richard eventually becomes a part of. The novel opens with information about one of their murders, and unfolds quickly and intelligently through the rest of the plot. Part murder-mystery, part ancient Greek tragedy, and part social study, The Secret History is a relevant and thought-provoking novel that is impossible to set down after the action begins.
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