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. Download and start listening now!