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Visiting Writer James Scott

02/06/14
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


story booth
438 N. Cleveland St.
Memphis, TN 38104 United States

Please join us for a reading of “The Kept” and conversation with the writer and WKNO’s Justin Willingham

Booksigning to follow
Free admission

Recent review in the New York Times

“James Scott has written a riveting and memorable debut novel.”

Tom Perrotta, author of “Little Children” and “Election”

“Scott is both compassionate moralist and master storyteller in this outstanding debut.”

Kirkus, ★ starred review

“By the end of the book, you’ll be convinced that [Scott] can do just about anything.”

Kevin Wilson, author of “The Family Fang”

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.                         

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