John Irving

Sublime Novels by Cindy Hulsey

When Donna Tartt published her first novel, The Secret History, in 1992 I was smitten.  For me, she had written the perfect book—one that appealed to me on every level—the setting (college in New England), the characters (intellectuals with a dark side), the plot (taught psychological drama), and exquisite language that made me read slowly to savor every word.