In the winter of 1897, midwife Elspeth Howell arrives at her isolated farmstead in upstate New York to discover an unthinkable crime. The only survivor 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 roughhewn lake town, defined by the violence of both its landscape and 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.
James Scott was born in Boston and raised in upstate New York. He holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MFA from Emerson College. His fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, One Story, American Short Fiction and other publications. He has received fellowships and awards from, among others, Yaddo, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the New York State Summer Writers' Institute and the Tin House Summer Writer's Workshop. He lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and dog. The Kept is his first novel.
Tim Horvath received his MFA from the University of New Hampshire, where he won the Thomas Williams Memorial Prize. His story "The Understory" won the 2006 Raymond Carver Short Story Award, judged by Bill Henderson, and in 2008 he received a Yaddo fellowship. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Alimentum: The Literature of Food, Fiction, Web Conjunctions, Puerto del Sol, and many other journals. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and daughter, and works as a psychiatric counselor and a creative writing instructor.
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