Photo credit: Gilles Peress
Tartt accepted the snake quite graciously, placing it beside her at the signing table as a totem for the evening.
Later that evening and quite pleased with himself, Kelly shared the story with a friend of his in Denver who was attending another Donna Tartt reading a couple of days later. I have a plastic snake too! she said.
When presented with a second snake, this time in Denver, Tartt paused, clearly a little rattled, and said This is becoming a thing.
Kelly hasn't been able to find his copy of the book but but she drew a snake in it for me.