by Sukey HowardNovember 2006
Castles in the air
Keep your wits about you as you enter The Keep, Jennifer Egan's latest novel, or you might get lost in the intriguing, intricately convoluted maze of stories. Danny, an edgy, somewhat paranoid Manhattanite, obsessive about constant connectivity, goes to work for Howie, his estranged cousin, who's intent on transforming a crumbling Gothic castle in remote Eastern Europe into a luxury hotel where imagination will replace communication technology. But then Danny and Howie may be characters in a tale spun by a prison inmate in a creative writing course. A chilling tour de force made eerily real by readers Jeff Gurner and Geneva Carr.