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The Enchanted

A Novel
Denfeld, Rene (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Denfeld, Rene
Title: The enchanted
a novel
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, 2014
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 237 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Rene Denfeld
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.
ISBN: 9780062285508
0062285505
9780062323330
0062323334
Branch Call Number: FICTION DENFELD 2014
Subject Headings: Prisons Fiction Death row inmates Fiction Private investigators Fiction Priests Fiction
Topical Term: Prisons
Death row inmates
Private investigators
Priests
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A powerful, wrenching novel set on death row. Beautifully written. It will stay with you long after you finish.


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an uncomfortable and, at times, harrowing read about a human rights lawyer working with death row inmates in a facility in the US. It is written from the perspective of an inmate who listens and understands what is happening on an intuitive level as he does not speak to anyone. So a lot of it is his thoughts, opinions but it works really well. The lawyer has the unusual problem of the inmate she is trying to save from the death penalty actually wants to die- a rather perverse stance from the norm. The author, Rene Denfeld, has worked for years with death row inmates and brings her insight, knowledge & experience together in a sharp, stark and beautifully written first move. well worth reading in spite of the theme and what comes across as very much reality on death row.

Aug 02, 2014
  • Deacon01 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Read it in one sitting. Awesome!

Mar 13, 2014
  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Haunting, intense, & dark. The writing is strong and I thought the ending was very well done.

Mar 11, 2014
  • clipshie175 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A magical, sad, lovely book.

Nov 02, 2013
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Haunting and spare, this gorgeously written novel explores deeply the many threads that make up a human life. With constantly shifting perspectives and the slow reveal of the stories of our main characters, all of which reside or work within a crumbling prison, the reader is treated to what makes a small flame of hope in even the most horrible circumstances and people.

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