The Kept A Novel

By: Scott, James

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357pp. 8vo. Paper and cloth over boards. Signed by the author on title page. Book is unread, unmarked, unclipped, tight, bright, and Brodart protected. Stated First Edition with complete number line starting with 1. Story takes place in upstate New York at the turn of the twentieth century. Gift quality.


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Set in rural New York state at the turn of the twentieth century, superb new talent James Scott makes his literary debut with The Kept--a propulsive novel reminiscent of the works of Michael Ondaatje, Cormac McCarthy, and Bonnie Jo Campbell, in which a mother and her young son embark on a quest to avenge a terrible and violent tragedy that has shattered their secluded family.

In the winter of 1897, a trio of killers descends upon an isolated farm in upstate New York. Midwife Elspeth Howell returns home to the carnage: her husband, and four of her children, murdered. Before she can discover her remaining son Caleb, alive and hiding in the kitchen pantry, another shot rings out over the snow-covered valley. Twelve-year-old Caleb must tend to his mother until she recovers enough for them to take to the frozen wilderness in search of the men responsible.

A scorching portrait of a merciless world--of guilt and lost innocence, atonement and retribution, resilience and sacrifice, pregnant obsession and primal adolescence--The Kept introduces an old-beyond-his-years protagonist as indelible and heartbreaking as Mattie Ross of True Grit or Jimmy Blevins of All the Pretty Horses, as well as a shape-shifting mother as enigmatic and mysterious as a character drawn by Russell Banks or Marilynne Robinson.

Title: The Kept A Novel

Author Name: Scott, James

Illustrator: 1

Categories: Fiction,

Edition: First

Publisher: New York, HarperCollins Publishers: 2014

ISBN Number: 0062236733

ISBN Number 13: 9780062236739

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As new

Jacket Condition: as new Jacket

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 0002221