The Kept (Compact Disc)

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By James Scott, Kate Udall (Read by)
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    Wow. There really are no words for The Kept that could really do it justice. It is the most disturbing yet beautiful book I have ever read. Set in the winter of 1897, midwife Elspeth Howell returns home from months away at work to find her husband and four children murdered in their small country home. By some shred of luck, Caleb, her twelve-year-old son survives and the two must endure the most devastating experience of their lives so far and venture out into the world to find their family's murderers. Over the course of the story you learn that Elspeth may not be everything you think she is and Caleb learns more about himself than he would ever bargain for. This is a story of obsession, retribution, redemption, loss and love. Despite all of its rough and disturbing exterior, this book is beautifully written and definitely worth the time.

— Chelsea S

January 2014 Indie Next List


“It is a rare pleasure to read a novel that is written with such self-assuredness, balance, and grace as The Kept, but the fact that it is also a debut makes it all the more extraordinary. Elspeth and Caleb's troubled odyssey through rural upstate New York at the turn of the 20th century is both vivid and compelling, with the starkness of the setting matched only by the ruthless nature of the characters, all stunningly balanced with beautiful prose. Scott joins the pantheon of great American writers such as Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O'Connor in his understanding of the dichotomy of violence and beauty.”
— Emily Crowe, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA

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In the winter of 1897, Elspeth Howell treks across miles of snow and ice to the isolated farmstead in upstate New York where she and her husband have raised their five children. Her midwife's salary is tucked into the toes of her boots, and her pack is full of gifts for her family. But as she crests the final hill, and sees her darkened house and a smokeless chimney, immediately she knows that an unthinkable crime has destroyed the life she so carefully built.

Her lone comfort is her twelve-year-old son, Caleb, who joins her in mourning the tragedy and planning its reprisal. Their long journey leads them to a rough-hewn lake town, defined by the violence both of its landscape and of its inhabitants. There Caleb is forced into a brutal adulthood, as he slowly discovers truths about his family he never suspected, and Elspeth must confront the terrible urges and unceasing temptations that have haunted her for years. Throughout it all, the love between mother and son serves as the only shield against a merciless world.

A scorching portrait of guilt and lost innocence, atonement and retribution, resilience and sacrifice, pregnant obsession and primal adolescence, The Kept is told with deep compassion and startling originality, and introduces James Scott as a major new literary voice.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781482991178
ISBN-10: 1482991179
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 7th, 2014
Pages: 10
Language: English
 
 
 
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