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    James Scott ã 2 Free download The Kept (Read) The first time I came across James Scott’s The Kept was in a write up in either the The New York Times or The Washington Post I can’t remember which I just know it wasn’t The Onion The review as I recall was tepid at best But the book’s cover – now that was striking If there’s one thing to know abou

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    James Scott ã 2 Free download The Kept (Read) This is a very dark story set in the late 19th century in rural upstate New York The beginning is very brutal and very explicit and it is this that will set Elspeth the mother and Caleb who is still very young twelve or thirteen on a uest for

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    The Kept (Read) From the opening line of this striking debut novel the mood and voice are both haunting and laced with shame “Elspeth Howell was a sinner” It is three years shy of the turn of the twentieth century upstate New York bitterly cold and snowy with grey smudgy skies Elspeth is trudging miles from the train station to her family’s isolated home and she is carrying gifts for her five children and pious Bible uo

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    The Kept (Read) Meh I read about one third of this novel before I decided I just didn't care enough to continue It's historical fiction set in late 1800s in rural New York and the story involves a midwife returning home to find her husband and children murdere

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    Summary The Kept The Kept (Read) James Scott ã 2 Free download I thought at first that James Scott’s hyped first novel The Kept might turn out to be stunning The beginning was strikingly well written I

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    The Kept (Read) RedemptionHave you ever done something so wrong you felt you could never be forgiven and then set out to make things right or at least as right as they could be no matter what the cost? Almost every character in “The Kept” feels t

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    The Kept (Read) Do not look past this book thinking it’s not your thing you don’t like historical fiction or the plot is not exciting you I overcame all these things and gave this a whirl and boy am I glad I didThe book just blew me away what a dark atmospheric emotional novel this is absolutely uniue from anything I have r

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    James Scott ã 2 Free download The Kept (Read) LAMEElspeth Howell is a midwife in the late 1800’s She travels far to go help mothers bring their sweet babies into the world She arrives back to her snowy home in upstate NY to find that her entire family has been brutally murdered As she stands on the verge of pushing open the kitchen door a gunshot goes o

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    The Kept (Read) James Scott ã 2 Free download Summary The Kept 25 starsWay too much ambiguity and author James Scott's unnecessarily ornate writing style stand in the way of The Kept from being a novel to savor It's a shame too as this had plenty of potential to soar with the

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  • The Kept
  • James Scott
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  • 13 September 2019
  • 9780062236654

Summary The Kept

Free download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ã James Scott The Kept Read & download  PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free James Scott ã 2 Free download Portrait of a merciless world of guilt and lost innocence atonement and retribution resilience and sacrifice pregnant obsession and primal adolescence The Kept introduces an old beyond his years protagonist as indelible and heartbreaking as Mattie Ross of True Grit or Jimmy Blevins of All the Pretty Horses as well as a shape shifting mother as enigmatic and mysterious as a character drawn by Russell Banks or Marilynne Robins. RedemptionHave you ever done something so wrong you felt you could never be forgiven and then set out to make things right or at least as right as they could be no matter what the cost Almost every character in The Kept feels they have something to for which they must atone No one is exempt and in an odd way this binds them together brings them closer to one anotherAfter a family tragedy a mother and son Elspeth and Caleb go on an odyssey to try and seek revenge but along the way they encounter truths and find some answers to uestions that have long haunted them They also forge a truer relationship with one anotherThough as near as I could fathom the action in The Kept takes place somewhere in the 1880 s in Illinois or Minnesota this book reads like a classic western replete with lawless frontier towns and amoral killers and wandering rootless lost souls It s a sad story but it s also filled with wisdom and compassion so ultimately it s uplifting James Scott is an impressive new writerThis review is based on an advance reader s copy provided by the publisher Disclaimer included as reuired by the FTC Coming Home for Christmas enigmatic and mysterious as a character drawn by Russell Banks or Marilynne Robins. RedemptionHave you Whos Afraid of the Big Bad Boss? ever done something so wrong you felt you could never be forgiven and then set out to make things right or at least as right as they could be no matter what the cost Almost Behind the Mountain every character in The Kept feels they have something to for which they must atone No one is Addiction exempt and in an odd way this binds them together brings them closer to one anotherAfter a family tragedy a mother and son Elspeth and Caleb go on an odyssey to try and seek revenge but along the way they Harry Gruyaert encounter truths and find some answers to uestions that have long haunted them They also forge a truer relationship with one anotherThough as near as I could fathom the action in The Kept takes place somewhere in the 1880 s in Illinois or Minnesota this book reads like a classic western replete with lawless frontier towns and amoral killers and wandering rootless lost souls It s a sad story but it s also filled with wisdom and compassion so ultimately it s uplifting James Scott is an impressive new writerThis review is based on an advance reader s copy provided by the publisher Disclaimer included as reuired by the FTC

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Free download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ã James Scott The Kept Read & download  PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free James Scott ã 2 Free download Isolated farm in upstate New York Midwife Elspeth Howell returns home to the carnage her husband and four of her children murdered Before she can discover her remaining son Caleb alive and hiding in the kitchen pantry another shot rings out over the snow covered valley Twelve year old Caleb must tend to his mother until she recovers enough for them to take to the frozen wilderness in search of the men responsibleA scorching. I thought at first that James Scott s hyped first novel The Kept might turn out to be stunning The beginning was strikingly well written I thought not so much the first few pages focalized through Elspeth as the longer subseuent section centered on her twelve year old son Caleb as he tries to cope alone with the aftermath of the massacre of his family in a remote farm in upstate New York Some of the scenes here are genuinely haunting The next section of the narrative the beginning of Caleb and Elspeth s grueling winter journey to avenge their dead was also pretty goodAround ten chapters in however as mother and son head towards the fictional town of Watersbridge where the remainder of the novel takes place the uality of the writing takes uite a sharp downturn from which I felt it never recovered This is apparent first stylistically at the level of phrase and sentence The prose goes from being highly curated to oddly lax as though there were whole stretches that hadn t been properly revised Elspeth heard the thunderous stampeding of Owen and his friends the wails and sueals they d emitted the closet full of rolled white bandages Some sentences even sound as if they had been badly translated from another language While her lungs and muscles coursed with the fight her broken nose ached in the wind and her ears rang from Owen s gun she continued on The narrative also crucially loses momentum in the long central passage in Watersbridge Caleb and Elspeth go their separate ways he to hang around in a louche and violent saloon brothel where he hopes to discover his family s killers she to work in the ice trade which seems the main industry of the town The novel becomes uite densely peopled with new characters at this point and loses focus haring off after to my mind not especially engaging sub plots such as the developing relationship between a cross dressed Elspeth and her implausibly characterized coworker Charles By the times the threads of the novel begin to be pulled together in anticipation of a predictably violent d nouement The Kept likes its violence my interest had completely dissipated Even if it hadn t I think Scott s inert style of action writing in the final chapters would have probably been the nail in the coffin Shane got between them and the two men tussled before Ethan grew weary of it and flung Shane aside Elspeth too tried to stop Ethan but Owen pressed a hand to her midsection uite a few reviews both in the press and on this site describe this book as bleak and I suppose it is if you base your estimate of bleakness on the body count and the weather There s a uite a strong element of sentimentality in The Kept however apparent in the treatment of Elspeth s and Caleb s relationship towards the end of the novel and also of Elspeth s relationship with Charles Stoner which I read immediately before this is much genuinely bleak in all kinds of ways even though no little girls are shot in the head and no hapless messenger boys get crushed under massive blocks of ice The Kept s flirtation with sentimentality reaches its apogee when the nice Jewish man who runs the mercantile in Watersbridge is shown giving credit a lot of credit to Caleb despite the fact that he is twelve has no obvious means of support and has just arrived in town Later the same man and his eually nice dressmaker wife give away an entire wardrobe of expensive clothes and accessories to Elspeth a complete stranger on an impulse of human sympathy This is not really how I would imagine the business model of shopkeepers in a tough late nineteenth century frontier town I get the point that this mercantile household is supposed to represent some kind of positive extreme within the spectrum of mainly dysfunctional families biological and otherwise that Scott piles into the novel as comparative material for the dysfunctional functional family at its core Sacrificing plausibility for thematic symmetries is always problematic in a would be realist novel though Scott does a lot of it especially towards the end

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Free download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ã James Scott The Kept Read & download  PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free James Scott ã 2 Free download 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 which a mother and her young son embark on a uest to avenge a terrible and violent tragedy that has shattered their secluded familyIn the winter of 1897 a trio of killers descends upon an. The first time I came across James Scott s The Kept was in a write up in either the The New York Times or The Washington Post I can t remember which I just know it wasn t The Onion The review as I recall was tepid at best But the book s cover now that was striking If there s one thing to know about me it s that I m a borderline alcoholic If there s two things it s that I always always judge a book my its cover And The Kept s caught my attention In the foreground is flat snowy ground At the horizon line stands a lonely simple log cabin the interior filled with orange flames the only color in a monochrome of whites blacks and grays that lick out the window and which have begun to travel along the eaves There are some trees near the cabin but their presence seems to heighten rather than lessen the cabin s isolation The branches are naked and scratch at the gray sky like delicate calligraphy The cover evokes many things Coldness Desolation Solitude In other words it is a promise that within the book there will be atmosphere The Kept takes place in 1897 in lonely upstate New York The novel opens with midwife Elspeth Howell returning to the family farm with money tucked in her shoe and presents in her pack When she arrives however she finds a cold house filled with her dead family They have been murdered By whom is the mystery that slowly unfolds in this unhurried narrative The sole survivor of the massacre is Elspeth s 12 year old son Caleb Together mother and son journey to the town of Watersbridge a tough frontier village filled with hard and hard drinking men It is a place where violence at a bawdy house is an unmentioned occurrence Where men make money the dangerous way by carving huge slabs of ice from the lake If nothing else this is the kind of downbeat story where you know you just know that someone is going to be crushed by an ice slab It s like Chekov s ice Watersbridge set on the frigid shores of Lake Erie is Scott s great creation It consciously evokes the boom towns and mining camps of the American West as does the novel s straightforward theme of revenge There are the usual gamut of stock characters a friendly and fatherly hotel clerk a suave and deadly pimp a prostitute with a kindly heart Scott works however to give these clich s little grace notes If the novel does nothing else and I would argue it doesn t do much Watersbridge at least fulfills the cover s promise of a tactile setting I respected this book far than I loved it or even liked it I understood exactly what the author was going for but it never stuck with me Partly The Kept feels like a carefully polished artifact created in an MFA laboratory Start with the first line Elspeth Howell was a sinnerThat sentence is self consciously intended as a hook It is supposed to pull you in with its carefully honed blend of bluntness and vagueness Who is Elspeth Howell Why does she think she is a sinner A better book could survive that bold opening by proper execution The Kept does not Oh to be sure it certainly tries It is artfully constructed Characters that slowly reveal their true selves scraps of important information carefully elided until the proper moment Scenes that are fraught with all kinds of unspoken meaning Blurry flashbacks that are supposed to resonate with present meaning The construction however is too obvious You can see the creator s hands all over the structure In other words I knew exactly what I was supposed to be feeling but never felt it I appreciated the novel on a technical level I saw the author s skill his craftsmanship But I never connected with the characters at any emotional level There are certain things an author and a book cannot control One of these variables in the book a reader reads just before he or she reads your book Before The Kept I happened to consume Gillian Flynn s Gone Girl Flynn s thriller is not any better or worse than Scott s revenge tale Indeed the starred review for both is the same But Gone Girl crackled with zany life The characters were putrid people but they felt like people They drew from me an emotional response I thought about Gone Girl when I put it down I argued about it both with myself and with others It should be noted that I give zero thought to the star rating system Literally zero I can t reduce my thoughts on a book to little yellow stars I can however reduce my thoughts to digressive overlong reviews filled with bad jokes and half formed ideas The Kept kept me at a distance It gives off a frosty chilly vibe that is a function of its delivery than its frosty chilly setting After I set it down I began to forget about it immediately A couple weeks later I m struggling to remember key events Scott engineers several twists and turns He also delivers a rather stark and brutal ending that might ve come from the pen of Cormac McCarthy The twists and the ending however are undermined by the simple fact that I didn t care about the people experiencing these events Everything depends on the relationship between Elspeth and Caleb I just never cared I don t read a ton of contemporary fiction When I do I probably tend to judge it too harshly for that very reason This is a novel that does a lot of things objectively right In the end that wasn t enough for me Something ineffable was missing I suppose it s kind of unfair to judge a book based on something I can t even articulate But if life was fair I d have a different face After We Collided embark on a uest to avenge a terrible and violent tragedy that has shattered their secluded familyIn the winter of 1897 a trio of killers descends upon an. The first time I came across James Scott s The Kept was in a write up in Cocaine An Unauthorized Biography either the The New York Times or The Washington Post I can t remember which I just know it wasn t The Onion The review as I recall was tepid at best But the book s cover now that was striking If there s one thing to know about me it s that I m a borderline alcoholic If there s two things it s that I always always judge a book my its cover And The Kept s caught my attention In the foreground is flat snowy ground At the horizon line stands a lonely simple log cabin the interior filled with orange flames the only color in a monochrome of whites blacks and grays that lick out the window and which have begun to travel along the Hold Tight The Embrace Series #2 eaves There are some trees near the cabin but their presence seems to heighten rather than lessen the cabin s isolation The branches are naked and scratch at the gray sky like delicate calligraphy The cover Basic Documents in Medieval History evokes many things Coldness Desolation Solitude In other words it is a promise that within the book there will be atmosphere The Kept takes place in 1897 in lonely upstate New York The novel opens with midwife Elspeth Howell returning to the family farm with money tucked in her shoe and presents in her pack When she arrives however she finds a cold house filled with her dead family They have been murdered By whom is the mystery that slowly unfolds in this unhurried narrative The sole survivor of the massacre is Elspeth s 12 year old son Caleb Together mother and son journey to the town of Watersbridge a tough frontier village filled with hard and hard drinking men It is a place where violence at a bawdy house is an unmentioned occurrence Where men make money the dangerous way by carving huge slabs of ice from the lake If nothing UnBonded Ruth Gron #3 else this is the kind of downbeat story where you know you just know that someone is going to be crushed by an ice slab It s like Chekov s ice Watersbridge set on the frigid shores of Lake Erie is Scott s great creation It consciously Bead and Weave Primer evokes the boom towns and mining camps of the American West as does the novel s straightforward theme of revenge There are the usual gamut of stock characters a friendly and fatherly hotel clerk a suave and deadly pimp a prostitute with a kindly heart Scott works however to give these clich s little grace notes If the novel does nothing TheMoving Pictures Generation else and I would argue it doesn t do much Watersbridge at least fulfills the cover s promise of a tactile setting I respected this book far than I loved it or In the Hall with the Knife even liked it I understood The Collar exactly what the author was going for but it never stuck with me Partly The Kept feels like a carefully polished artifact created in an MFA laboratory Start with the first line Elspeth Howell was a sinnerThat sentence is self consciously intended as a hook It is supposed to pull you in with its carefully honed blend of bluntness and vagueness Who is Elspeth Howell Why does she think she is a sinner A better book could survive that bold opening by proper Live and Let Fly execution The Kept does not Oh to be sure it certainly tries It is artfully constructed Characters that slowly reveal their true selves scraps of important information carefully Live and Let Fly elided until the proper moment Scenes that are fraught with all kinds of unspoken meaning Blurry flashbacks that are supposed to resonate with present meaning The construction however is too obvious You can see the creator s hands all over the structure In other words I knew Así funciona su ordenador por dentro exactly what I was supposed to be feeling but never felt it I appreciated the novel on a technical level I saw the author s skill his craftsmanship But I never connected with the characters at any Wild Wives emotional level There are certain things an author and a book cannot control One of these variables in the book a reader reads just before he or she reads your book Before The Kept I happened to consume Gillian Flynn s Gone Girl Flynn s thriller is not any better or worse than Scott s revenge tale Indeed the starred review for both is the same But Gone Girl crackled with zany life The characters were putrid people but they felt like people They drew from me an Billy Bathgate emotional response I thought about Gone Girl when I put it down I argued about it both with myself and with others It should be noted that I give zero thought to the star rating system Literally zero I can t reduce my thoughts on a book to little yellow stars I can however reduce my thoughts to digressive overlong reviews filled with bad jokes and half formed ideas The Kept kept me at a distance It gives off a frosty chilly vibe that is a function of its delivery than its frosty chilly setting After I set it down I began to forget about it immediately A couple weeks later I m struggling to remember key Men of Blood Murder in Everyday Life events Scott The Governess Game: Girl Meets Duke Series, Book 2 engineers several twists and turns He also delivers a rather stark and brutal Forbidden Vow Forbidden #3 ending that might ve come from the pen of Cormac McCarthy The twists and the Nascent The Stork Tower #1 ending however are undermined by the simple fact that I didn t care about the people Ninja Gaiden Worlds of Power experiencing these Christmas in Harmony Harbor Harmony Harbor #9 events Everything depends on the relationship between Elspeth and Caleb I just never cared I don t read a ton of contemporary fiction When I do I probably tend to judge it too harshly for that very reason This is a novel that does a lot of things objectively right In the ColorsColores end that wasn t The Butterfly Groove enough for me Something ineffable was missing I suppose it s kind of unfair to judge a book based on something I can t The Book Thief even articulate But if life 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