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The Keep

Jennifer Egan

12 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A spellbinding work of literary suspense from National Book Award finalist Jennifer Egan.

New Yorker Danny is running from something. A loner who cannot bear to be apart from his Wi-Fi connection, he is in need of refuge. His cousin Howie is an enigmatic and successful former drug addict who just happens to own a castle.

As they turn the castle from crumbling ruin to luxury hotel, Howie and Danny must navigate their uncomfortable relationship. And the castle has some surprises of its own: a sinister baroness, a tragic accident in a fathomless pool, a treacherous labyrinth, and through all of this, a story within a story . . .

An unnerving, haunting and unforgiving tale of modern life and modern man, the novel before A Visit from the Goon Squad is filled with Egan's breathtaking style and remarkable voice.

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Praise for The Keep

  • This is one of those rare books that reminds you of exactly why you love reading. Full of wry reflections on communication, loneliness and the power of the imagination, it's so entertaining you'll forget to be impressed. - DAILY MAIL

  • Dizzyingly inventive - Washington Post

  • Egan has conjured a surreal and creepy contemporary horror story which eerily veers between reality and fantasy. - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

  • A novel boobytrapped with metafictional tricks and trap doors, it makes traditional gothic tales look positively homely in comparison - INDEPENDENT

  • A smart tale that is horror, fantasy and thriller, yet never loses its hold on the reader. A gripping yarn - RTE GUIDE

  • Prodigiously entertaining and profoundly moving - New York Times

  • Prodigiously entertaining and profoundly moving

  • Egan has conjured a surreal and creepy contemporary horror story which eerily veers between reality and fantasy.

  • A novel boobytrapped with metafictional tricks and trap doors, it makes traditional gothic tales look positively homely in comparison

  • A smart tale that is horror, fantasy and thriller, yet never loses its hold on the reader. A gripping yarn

  • Dizzyingly inventive

  • This is one of those rare books that reminds you of exactly why you love reading. Full of wry reflections on communication, loneliness and the power of the imagination, it's so entertaining you'll forget to be impressed.

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Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan is the author of A Visit From The Goon Squad, The Keep, Look at Me, The Invisible Circus, and the story collection Emerald City. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, GQ, Zoetrope, All-Story, and Ploughshares, and her non-fiction appears frequently in The New York Times Magazine. She lives with her husband and sons in Brooklyn.