Today’s a tour day (yay!), and I’m so pleased to be sharing Rene Denfeld’s The Enchanted with you.
About Rene Denfeld:
Rene Denfeld is an internationally bestselling author, journalist, Mitigation Specialist, and fact investigator in death penalty cases. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Oregonian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer and is a published author of four books including the international bestseller The New Victorians: A Young Woman’s Challenge to the Old Feminist Order, Kill The Body, The Head Will Fall, and All God’s Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families.
About The Enchanted:
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.
Rene Denfeld’s The Enchanted wasn’t quite what I expected, but I can’t quite tell you why. Not because I don’t want to, but because I can’t seem to string together the right words…
It’s a story of a man on Death Row, and his commentary on the goings on behind the guarded walls. It’s a story of a woman who does her best to save those bound for execution. It’s a story of a warden with a conscience, and a jailer without. It’s a story with vivid imagination and beautiful prose wrapped around a stark and ugly reality.
Denfield peels back the layers between that separate the crime from the perpetrator, and wrings compassion for the characters she shares with us. The Enchanted will definitely enchant, even as it breaks your heart with the stories within its story.
drey’s rating: Excellent!
Have you read The Enchanted? What did you think? And if you haven’t, read on to win your own copy!
Thanks to the publisher and TLC Book Tours, I have one copy of The Enchanted for you. This one’s open to US & Canada residents only; no PO Boxes please. To enter, fill out the form below before April 10th. Good luck!