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    The Kept
    by James Scott

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    • Author: James Scott
    • Release date: January 7, 2014
    • Awards: The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Nominee for Longlist (2014)
    • Format: hardcover, 368 pages
    • Places: New York State
    • Language: english
    • ISBN: 9780062236739 (0062236733)
    • Genres: fiction, mystery, historical, thriller, adult, novels
    • Publisher: Harper

    About The Book

    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.

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