Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch
I must say I haven't thought about a connection between Donna Tartt's book and Twin Peaks but I suppose there could be in the Las Vegas scenes. I mean there is that line on page 410 where it says 'There were classes where you built solar panels and had seminars with Nobel-winning economists, and classes where all you did was listen to Tupac records or watch old episodes of Twin Peaks.'
I found the structure a tad similar, the beginning in NY then the move to Las Vegas which was very unexpected and a complete waste of time for the character (although fascinating in the book).
I suppose Mark Frost likes Donna Tartt since he decided to write his own Secret History, as she did.
When I first read Donna Tartt's The Secret History I thought it was in the similar vain to Barbara Vine's (Ruth Rendell) A Fatal Inversion. This was Ruth Rendell's first attempt at writing a literary crime novel away from the Wexford novels or the psychological novels under the Ruth Rendell moniker. I felt when Donna Tartt wrote The Secret History she was continue this vein of literary crime novel. Actually I think the Vine novels by Rendell are some of her best work. I especially liked Asta's Book. Donna Tartt's other book The Little Friend is also a good read in the vain of To Kill A Mockingbird.
Donna Tartt always seems to start with some dramatic event, or a mystery, and then just settles a mood that lingers on and on, without much happening, which again I find is very close to The Return.
Yes that is so true. It is like get the dramatic event out of the way first and then settle for a character study for the rest of the book.