After twenty years apart, two cousins reunite in Eastern Europe to renovate a medieval castle. The cousins are irrevocably bound to one another through the shared experience of their youth, when a childhood prank with devastating consequences changed both their lives forever. In an environment of desolation, isolation and paranoia, the cousins are falling under the gothic spell of the castle and its violent history. The crimes of the past and present are about to collide, and with unthinkable results ...
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Long-listed for Orange Prize 2008 (UK).
Prodigiously entertaining and profoundly moving' New York Times Book Review ' Dizzyingly inventive' Washington Post '[A] remarkable piece of work' San Francisco Chronicle 'Intelligent, intense and remarkably intuitive ... Jennifer Egan gives us the satisfying thunk of a fully understood if unexpected, kind of sense' The New York Observer 'It's precisely Egan's talent for tapping into the American subconscious - with deeply intuitive forays into the darker aspects of our technology-driven, image-saturated culture - that has established the author and journalist as a prescient literary voice' Vogue 'Jennifer Egan spins a haunting tale ... Egan's brilliance is in balancing the deliciously creepy elements of gothic-castle novels with the dead-on realism of a prisoner's life, to create a book worth keeping' Vanity Fair 'Egan's third novel ... is a strange, clever, and always compelling meditation on the relationship between the imagination and the captivities of modern life' The Atlantic Monthly 'Visionary ... at once hyperrealistic and darkly dreamed... With Egan's powers of invention running at full tilt, THE KEEP reads like a twenty-first-century mash-up of Kafka, Calvino, and Poe, in which the absurd meets the surreal meet the unspeakable - to edgy, entertaining effect" Elle 'Egan gets everything right ... Her skill will keep you marvelling at the pages you can't help turning' People 'Egan is both a captivating storyteller and an incisive social observer ... THE KEEP is sublime' 'Dazzling ... A metafictional tour de force' Chicago Sunday Times 'THE KEEP is a novel of ideas' Poets and Writers ** 'Remarkably fresh and inventive' Library Journal 'Atmospheric and tense, this is a mesmerizing story' Booklist 'An original thrill-ride of a novel' Times-Leader
Jennifer Egan is the author of LOOK AT ME, which was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.