Eric Loesch, a private man with a shadowy past, returns to his hometown in rural New York where he purchases a dilapidated house that he begins to renovate with steely determination. The adjacent woods on the property seem to beckon him and he soon discovers a gothic castle at the centre of his land that he appears not to own. As Loesch looks for an explanation, the reader is drawn into a taut and mesmerising story that reveals a great deal not just about one man's past, but about America's recent military adventures.
J . ROBERT LENNON is the author of six novels and a story collection, Pieces for the Left Hand. His fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Granta, Harper's Magazine, Playboy, and The New Yorker. He lives in Ithaca, New York.