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A big-hearted dystopian novel about the corrosive effects of fear and the redemptive power of love

With soaring literary prose and the tense pacing of a thriller, the first-time novelist Peyton Marshall imagines a grim and startling future. At the end of the twenty-first century—in a transformed America—the sons of convicted felons are tested for a set of genetic markers. Boys who test positive become compulsory wards of the state—removed from their homes and raised on “Goodhouse” campuses, where they learn to reform their darkest thoughts and impulses. Goodhouse is a savage place—part prison, part boarding school—and now a radical religious group, the Holy Redeemer’s Church of Purity, is intent on destroying each campus and purifying every child with fire.

We see all this through the eyes of James, a transfer student who watched as the radicals set fire to his old Goodhouse and killed nearly everyone he’d ever known. In addition to adjusting to a new campus with new rules, James now has to contend with Bethany, a brilliant, medically fragile girl who wants to save him, and with her father, the school’s sinister director of medical studies. Soon, however, James realizes that the biggest threat might already be there, inside the fortified walls of Goodhouse itself.

Partly based on the true story of the nineteenth-century Preston School of Industry, Goodhouse explores questions of identity and free will—and what it means to test the limits of human endurance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Peyton Marshall’s Goodhouse is a marvel—a glorious combination of page-turning literary thriller and challenging examination of freedom, destiny, and the thorny ideals of faith and science.”

    Eleanor Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters

  • Goodhouse is a smart, literate thriller set in a foreseeable future where genetic profiling is meant to prevent crime but becomes—instead—a terrifying tool for oppression, discrimination, and violence. It’s a ripping good read.”

    Katherine Dunn, New York Times bestselling author of Geek Love

  • “Like Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Goodhouse is a gripping excursion to a vividly imagined and profoundly disturbing future. Peyton Marshall has written an unforgettable first novel, a work of striking originality, empathy, and skill.”

    Jennifer Haigh, New York Times bestselling author of Faith

  • “Marshall’s novel moves well, and the adolescent James is convincingly off-balance throughout. The result is a genre-bending thriller with a literary voice.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Finalist for the 2014 Hammett Prize
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