Tartt’s The Little Friend disappoints

Tartt expertly (as usual) weaves the tale of a young girl named Harriet whose older brother was murdered when she was a baby and she becomes determined to solve the murder. But the story’s not a mystery, despite what the first chapter would lead you to believe, and the murder is, in the end, largely an irrelevant plot point that could have been used to craft much more compelling reading.

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Baker offers succinct, memorable sexual commentary

I appreciated this short novel much more than I was expecting. Baker offers commentary on modern sexuality (published originally in 1992) in the form of an anonymous phone call between a man and a woman from opposite ends of the country. The result is memorable, often witty, and leaves you thinking long after the book is closed.