#18 — The Keep

The Keep by Jennifer Egan

Rating: 4/5

  • The Keep is a novel within a novel—you don’t know this until later, but that isn’t even close to the biggest surprises in the book
  • The central characters in the book include Howard, a childhood nerd turned adult millionaire; Danny, his early peaking cousin who betrayed Howard during puberty in exchange for being liked; Ray, an inmate in prison for murder; Holly, a writing instructor in the prison system
  • A sense of foreboding is felt throughout the book; even if the book requires you to suspend your beliefs somewhat, it was hard to put the book down