altered as human beings

February 4, 2020

In films, we are voyeurs, but in novels, we have the experience of being someone else: knowing another person’s soul from the inside. No other art form does that. And this is why sometimes, when we put down a book, we find ourselves slightly altered as human beings. Novels change us from within.

Donna Tartt
Interview with Laurie Grassi for Chatelaine Book Club, 8th November 2013

incredibly risky

June 1, 2019

Every single one of my books has felt incredibly risky, like I’m Wile E. Coyote walking out into thin air. But when something haunts you, haunts you, haunts you — that’s when you know you’re on to something.

Donna Tartt
Interview in Vogue October 2013

grace in her vagueness

January 8, 2019

All her grace was in her vagueness. Her voice was soft, her manner languid, her features blurred and dreamy…

Donna Tartt
The Little Friend

morbid longing…

May 2, 2016


Does such a thing as ‘the fatal flaw’, that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside literature? I used to think it didn’t. Now I think it does. And I think that mine is this: a morbid longing for the picturesque at all costs.

Donna Tartt
The Secret History