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The Enchanted

A Novel

By Rene Denfeld

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 re-imagining 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 amidst the most nightmarish reality.



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Format: Book
Author: Denfeld, Rene
Title: The enchanted : a novel / Rene Denfeld.
Publisher Date: New York, N.Y. : Harper, 2014.
Subject: Death row inmates -- Fiction. Prisons -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9780062285508 0062285505
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 0
System Items Total: 2
Call Number: F Denfeld
Oclc: 871175128
Bib Id: 502195

Format: Book
Author: Denfeld, Rene, author.
Title: The enchanted : a novel / Rene Denfeld.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York, N.Y. : Harper, 2014.
Description: 237 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects: Death row inmates -- Fiction.
Subjects: Prisons -- Fiction.
ISBN: 9780062285508
ISBN: 0062285505
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 0
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: F Denfeld