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NATIONAL BESTSELLER - "Part horror tale, part mystery, part romance ... utterly fantastic."--O, The Oprah Magazine - The bestselling, award-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad brilliantly conjures a world from which escape is impossible and where the keep--the tower, the last stand--is both everything worth protecting and the very thing that must be surrendered in order to survive.Two cousins, irreversibly damaged by a childhood prank, reunite twenty years later to renovate a medieval castle in Eastern Europe. In an environment of extreme paranoia, cut off from the outside world, the men reenact the signal event of their youth, with even more catastrophic results. And as the full horror of their predicament unfolds, a prisoner, in jail for an unnamed crime, recounts an unforgettable story that seamlessly brings the crimes of the past and present into piercing relation.
- ISBN-13: 9781400079742
- ISBN-10: 1400079748
- Publisher: Anchor Books
- Publish Date: July 2007
- Dimensions: 7.92 x 5.28 x 0.88 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.64 pounds
- Page Count: 272
Egan's third novel is a chilling modern-gothic story set in Manhattan and Europe. The story's narrator, a convict named Ray, is spinning the tale for his prison creative writing class, in hopes of getting close to his teacher. The story he conjures up centers on Danny and Howard, cousins who come together in Eastern Europe at a medieval castle they've agreed to renovate. At the castle, they leave the trappings of civilization behind: There's no cell phone service, no TV and the roads in are nearly impassable. Free from the cares of the everyday world, the cousins have strange experiences. Danny encounters a beautiful baroness on the property, but he's uncertain if she really exists. His attempts to set up a satellite in order to connect with the outside world are foiled when the dish goes missing. As it turns out, Danny and Howard were both the victims of a childhood prank, an incident that has never been forgotten, and their reunion brings back old memories, leading to a showdown of sorts that nearly destroys them both. Taut and original, this spellbinding novel is a formidable addition to Egan's growing body of work, which includes the best-selling novel, Look At Me.
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