The Secret History

by Donna Tartt

In Brief

Richard Papen's life is ordinary, even dull, until he arrives at the prestigious Hampden College in Vermont and joins an exclusive Ancient Greek class. His classmates are exotic and endlessly fascinating; classical references add spice to every conversation... until the students turn on one of their own. Murder, jealousy and revenge define this contemporary ancient tragedy.

Why you should read it

No other book paints college life quite like this. Instead of parties and drugs, Tartt's students indulge in erudite classical banter and dangerous Bacchic ritual. Shocking, cerebral and brilliantly absorbing all at once.

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