The Kept by James Scott

The Kept

James Scott

368 pages first pub 2013 (editions)

fiction historical mystery thriller emotional mysterious reflective slow-paced


Set in 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 whi...

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