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The Kept - A Novel

James Scott

In the winter of 1897, Elspeth Howell treks across miles of snow and ice to the isolated farmstead in upstate New York where she and her husband have raised their five children. Her midwife's salary is tucked into the toes of her boots, and her pack is full of gifts for her family. But as she crests the final hill, and sees her darkened house and a smokeless chimney, immediately she knows that an unthinkable crime has destroyed the life she so carefully built. Her lone comfort is her twelve-year-old son, Caleb, who joins her in mourning the tragedy and planning its reprisal. Their long journey leads them to a rough-hewn lake town, defined by the violence both of its landscape and of its inhabitants. There Caleb is forced into a brutal adulthood, as he slowly discovers truths about his family he never suspected, and Elspeth must confront the terrible urges and unceasing temptations that have haunted her for years. Throughout it all, the love between mother and son serves as the only shield against a merciless world. A scorching portrait of guilt and lost innocence, atonement and retribution, resilience and sacrifice, pregnant obsession and primal adolescence, The Kept is told with deep compassion and startling originality, and introduces James Scott as a major new literary voice.

In the winter of 1897, Elspeth Howell treks across miles of snow and ice to the isolated farmstead in upstate New York where she and her husband have raised their five children. Her midwife's salary is tucked into the toes of her boots, and her pack is full of gifts for her family. But as she crests the final hill, and sees her darkened house and a smokeless chimney, immediately she knows that an unthinkable crime has destroyed the life she so carefully built. Her lone comfort is her twelve-year-old son, Caleb, who joins her in mourning the tragedy and planning its reprisal. Their long journey leads them to a rough-hewn lake town, defined by the violence both of its landscape and of its inhabitants. There Caleb is forced into a brutal adulthood, as he slowly discovers truths about his family he never suspected, and Elspeth must confront the terrible urges and unceasing temptations that have haunted her for years. Throughout it all, the love between mother and son serves as the only shield against a merciless world. A scorching portrait of guilt and lost innocence, atonement and retribution, resilience and sacrifice, pregnant obsession and primal adolescence, The Kept is told with deep compassion and startling originality, and introduces James Scott as a major new literary voice.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

In the winter of 1897, Elspeth Howell treks across miles of snow and ice to the isolated farmstead in upstate New York where she and her husband have raised their five children. Her midwife's salary is tucked into the toes of her boots, and her pack is full of gifts for her family. But as she crests the final hill, and sees her darkened house and a smokeless chimney, immediately she knows that an unthinkable crime has destroyed the life she so carefully built. Her lone comfort is her twelve-year-old son, Caleb, who joins her in mourning the tragedy and planning its reprisal. Their long journey leads them to a rough-hewn lake town, defined by the violence both of its landscape and of its inhabitants. There Caleb is forced into a brutal adulthood, as he slowly discovers truths about his family he never suspected, and Elspeth must confront the terrible urges and unceasing temptations that have haunted her for years. Throughout it all, the love between mother and son serves as the only shield against a merciless world. A scorching portrait of guilt and lost innocence, atonement and retribution, resilience and sacrifice, pregnant obsession and primal adolescence, The Kept is told with deep compassion and startling originality, and introduces James Scott as a major new literary voice.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kate Udall

Length:

12h 10m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:42


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

44:11


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

37:32


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

14:45


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

23:35


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

18:26


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

07:01


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

39:36


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

15:32


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

30:14


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

18:40


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

09:33


Part 2, Chapter 1
Part 2, Chapter 1

18:43


Part 2, Chapter 2
Part 2, Chapter 2

42:33


Part 2, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 3

22:24


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

19:58


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

19:27


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

20:48


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

33:19


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

31:18


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

13:29


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

19:33


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

20:29


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

30:37


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

30:38


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

25:02


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

25:36


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

26:49


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

22:32


Part 3, Chapter 1
Part 3, Chapter 1

11:02


Part 3, Chapter 2
Part 3, Chapter 2

11:23


Part 3, Chapter 3
Part 3, Chapter 3

15:10


Part 3, Chapter 4
Part 3, Chapter 4

09:09


Part 3, Chapter 5
Part 3, Chapter 5

00:53