Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A FUNNY STORY ABOUT DONNA TARTT AND A COUPLE OF SNAKES

Photo credit: Gilles Peress

My friend Kelly Robinson saw Donna Tartt read at Burke's Books here in Memphis a few years ago. She was in town promoting her second novel, The Little Friend, and Kelly was so incredibly excited to meet her, that he really wanted to bring her a present. He agonized over it for quite a while and eventually settled on a plastic snake. (The book is about faith healers with snakes.)

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.

2 comments:

  1. Cool story. The Little Friend is not about faith healers with snakes, although that is part of the story a little bit towards the end. It's about an unsolved murder, and the coming out of age, in a way, of the victim's little sister, who tries to solve the mystery. And it all takes place in The South. Can't wait to read the new book!

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    1. Yes, I didn't phrase that very well. The books is not ABOUT snake-handlers but snake handlers are featured in the book. I.e. it was a silly but relevant gift. The point I was making is that my friend's not crazy ;)

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