The Enchanted

The Enchanted

A Novel

Book - 2014
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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 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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Harper, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062285508
Branch Call Number: F Den


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May 07, 2017

Amazing! A dark story of beauty and hope, told from the most dismal and corrupt of places, with people who've suffered the ugliest and cruelest of backgrounds.
Two people, similar backgrounds, different futures. What decides our futures?
This is a beautifully told story. There's pain throughout, yet it's a story of hope, too. And peace. There's peace in this story.

Death Row....not a place that would inspire such a lovely story, yet here it is.

Apr 22, 2017

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

Mar 26, 2017

Denfeld’s writing is lyrically exquisite, full of poetic imagery, and jarringly juxtaposed to the horrors of life on prison’s death row. I stand in awe of this writer’s gift to create a compassionate and triumphant story as it explores the darkness of mental illness and the soul-crushing environment of the enchanted prison. Not for the faint of heart, yet full of heart feints.

Oct 03, 2016

Excellently written. I no longer think about prisoners as deserving of being treated inhumanly and disrespectfully. That surprised me.It changed me.

Aug 28, 2016

This is one of those books that I found I couldn't put down until I finished it. Very well written and had a lyrical quality to it. Definitely a fresher perspective than most novels.

Haunting, lyrical, and original. What a beautifully written, emotionally stunning story. Easily one of my favorite books, though the subject matter isn't for the faint of heart. Above all, a story of loneliness, isolation, and empathy.

Sep 02, 2015

One of my favorite books. Magical, perfect, sad, hopeful, humane. I've read it twice already.

Sep 01, 2015

This book helped me to read about things and to think about situations that I usually have a hard time taking in. In the book I am able to feel empathy for people who are seen as monsters and who have done terrible things and have had terrible things done to them. It is written in a way that enables these people to be seen as somehow human, and although tragic, there seems to be hope as well

GSPLjodie Jul 07, 2015

Magical reality set in a state penitentiary, told by a man on death row. Disturbing and wonderful all at the same time.

Quimeras Jun 25, 2015

"The Enchanted" is beautiful and poetic in its simplicity. It is not always an easy read (given the subject matter) but well worth it.

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