The Keep.

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*** 1/2 The Keep By Jennifer Egan

The haunted past.

A childhood prank left cousins Howard and Danny estranged. Twenty years later, they reunite in Germany when Howard, a high-school misfit who's now a millionaire, invites hipster New Yorker Danny to assist him in transforming an old German castle into a New Age luxury hotel. But has Howard finally forgiven Danny for nearly taking his life years earlier? As their drama unfolds, Danny encounters the castle's baroness, who has no intention of letting Howard's plans progress, and Ray, a drugged-out inmate, tells his--and the cousins'--story for a prison writing workshop.

Knopf. 256 pages. $23.95. ISBN: 1400043921

NY Times Book Review **** 1/2

"The opening of her new novel, The Keep, lays out a whole Escherian architecture, replete with metafictional trapdoors, pitfalls, infinitely receding reflections and trompe l'oeil effects, but what's more immediately striking about this book is its unusually vivid and convincing realism.... Egan constructs a prism that refracts themes of power, knowledge, confinement, and escape through the multiple levels of her story." MADISON SMARTT BELL

Los Angeles Times ****

"A novel as daring as Jennifer Egan's The Keep makes us think hard about one of the murkiest mysteries of all: the mystery of perception, that uncertain border where reality and imagination meet.... In a novel full of unexpected shifts and interruptions, it's amazing how deftly Egan builds a logic for her characters." JOANNA SCOTT

Minneapolis Star Tribune ****

"It's to Egan's credit, and to her uncanny ability with point of view, that the reader can stand to spend more than a page in [Danny's] company.... If you want to bolt when you hear the phrase 'a tale about the power of storytelling itself' you will be surprised by how subtly Egan does just that." EMILY CARTER ROIPHE

Oregonian *** 1/2

"How she weaves the story of these four people together--and the unexpected links between them--is fascinating." APRIL HENRY

Ft. Worth Star-Telegram ** 1/2

"Unfortunately, once Danny's story ends, there's not...

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