This afternoon, snuggled beneath the covers of my decadent king-size bed, I finished reading Donna Tartt's The Secret History. I was totally mesmerized by this book--it's characters, their behaviors, and the location of Bennington, VT, a place I've visited several times. If I had college to do over again, I'd choose Bennington College or Middlebury.
Anyhow, booked as a "thinking person's thriller," the twists and turns of the plot and the six characters, all young, mostly eccentric Greek scholars and their equally mercurial professor, were extensions of my own family. I have no idea why, because my own life is so different from the characters, but I somehow identified with their plummeting towards oblivion--drugs, alcohol, sex, murder. There but for the grace of God---The protagonist is a 19 year old from Silicon Valley--Richard Papen, who gets enmeshed with a group of brilliant, immature, privileged kids. Kind of like a perverted cast for Friends. Can't recommend this book enough. Tartt's The Little Friend was good, too. This book was suspenseful and riveting until literally the last word. As the plot unfolded, I wrote many of the insights Richard got in my own journal for later consideration. Written in 1992, I can't believe I had never heard of Donna Tartt until my friend Loretta at Pomegranatesand paper recommended her. So, what are you reading right now?