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Title:
The enchanted
Author:
Denfeld, Rene., author.
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Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication Information:
New York: Blackstone Audio Inc, â„—2014.
Physical Description:
6 audio discs (7 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him. A female investigator searches for buried information from prisoners' pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, and reveals shocking secrets of her own.
General Note:
Compact discs.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781482992274
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Audiobook on CD

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A wondrous and redemptive debut novel set in a stark world where evil and magic coincide, The Enchanted combines the empathy and lyricism of Alice Sebold with the dark, imaginative power of Stephen King. "This is an enchanted place. Others don't see it, but I do." The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in reimagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs with the devastating violence of prison life. Two outsiders venture here: a fallen priest and the Lady, an investigator who searches for buried information from prisoners' pasts that can save those soon to be executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, honesty and corruption--ultimately revealing shocking secrets of her own. Beautiful and transcendent, The Enchanted reminds us of how our humanity connects us all, and how beauty and love exist even amid the most nightmarish reality.


Author Notes

Rene Denfeld is an American author, based in Oregon. Her essays have been published in the New York Times and other publication. She is the author of two novels, The Enchanted, which received the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger in France, and The Child Finder, which has become an international bestseller.

In addition to writing, she was a Chief Investigator at a public defender's office, investigating death penalty cases. Her work in social justice has earned her the 2017 Break The Silence Award, given at the 24th Annual Knock Out Abuse Gala in Washington DC.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In her evocative first novel, Denfeld, a boxer and author of the hard-hitting nonfiction book, All God's Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of America's Street Families (2007), seeks to revolutionize our perception of convicts. One of three nameless narrators, a man on death row, states that prison is a place of enchantment. He convincingly describes the mythic beauty of his dank dungeon before introducing the other two mysterious speakers, the jail's fallen priest and a woman hired to exonerate the condemned men. Referred to only as the lady, she serves as the plot's catalyst. She is enlisted to spare an inmate named York, who was doomed to misery long before he became a criminal. Denfeld's humanizing of the potential for horror that is within all of us and her insistence that the reader see the beauty in the darkest corners of life sizzles through her sharp prose, which both makes us flinch and invites us to imagine. Those familiar with the world of corrections will especially appreciate Denfeld's nuanced portrait of prison life.--Peckham, Amber Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

The fiction debut from nonfiction author and journalist Denfeld (Kill the Body, the Head Will Fall) is a striking one-of-a-kind prison novel. The narrator, who is on death row and remains nameless until the book's end, explains that the prison, although a place where "the walls sigh with sadness," is enchanted: golden horses "run deep under the earth," miniature men with miniature hammers hide in the walls, and "flibber-gibbets dance while the oven slowly ticks." The narrator's magical perspective-which is paradoxically necessary, perhaps, to preserve what remains of his sanity-contrasts heartbreakingly with the parallel tale of an investigator, also unnamed, who is tasked with finding details about the past of another death-row inmate, known as York, that will result in his sentence being commuted, even though York has decided he wants to die. The novel follows the investigator's exploration of the inmate's grim life, even as the narrator brings us inside the dank stone walls of the "dungeon" where he lives. Through the novel's rich, haunting prose, Denfeld, who herself has worked as an investigator in death penalty cases, shines a light on lives led with capital punishment on the schedule. This is a stunning first novel from an already accomplished writer that will leave the reader hoping for more fiction in the author's future. Agent: Richard S. Pine, Inkwell Management. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Filled with themes of pain and suffering and still a pleasure to read, this impressive debut from author/journalist Denfeld (All God's Children) is set in a decaying, dark, corrupt prison, but as the opening line reveals, it "is an enchanted place." The Lady, a death-row investigator (similar to mitigation specialist Denfeld) uses her unique perspective as a victim of terrible childhood abuse and conditions to research the lives of inmates. Working with her are a fallen priest, who is hiding secrets and hurt of his own, and the warden, whose wife is dying of cancer. Much of the story is told from the fantastical perspective of a reclusive prisoner on death row, preferring to remain unseen for his own protection and those around him. In many ways, this is a tale about being seen, understood, possibly forgiven, and maybe even loved. VERDICT While dark enough to appeal to fans of fantasy and horror (think Stephen King's The Green Mile), this is also a work of love and redemption. Read this magical book, and prepare to be spellbound. [See Prepub Alert, 9/9/13.]-Shaunna E. Hunter, Hampden-Sydney Coll. Lib., VA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.