#SummerReads – The Little Friend

Even though we’re heading into the last weekend of summer, there’s still plenty of time to get lost in a good book. Workman employees have been sending in their summer reading lists and we’re sharing one today: The Little Friend by Donna Tart. Read below for a summary and a Q & A with Liz DeBell, who submitted this book.


The Little Friend is about a girl named Harriet whose mother retreats into herself, after Harriet’s older brother is found murdered in their yard. Harriet decides to get revenge on the person she believes killed her brother. It’s about life in a small town in the south, about boredom and ennui that kids feel during the summer and the escape found in a book, and about family dynamics (Harriet’s, as well as a neighboring, notorious family that lives on the seedy side of town and has a well-deserved bad reputation — for instances: they make meth).


Q: Did you like the book, and would you recommend it?

A: Yes, and yes but with reservations. In typical Donna Tartt fashion there are no neat resolutions to be found at the end which can be frustrating after 500 pages.

Q:  Which character from the book would you want to hang out with in real life?

A: Harriet who is nine years old and a complete bad ass.

Q: How/why did you decide to read this book?

A: Loved Donna Tartt’s newest book, The Goldfinch.

Q: What’s next on your reading list?

A: I’m currently reading Provence, 1970. Then Eleanor and Park. Then Lush Life.


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