||A brilliant chronicle of American's individual and collective wounds, J. Robert Lennon's fifth novel (or sixth, including his serialized novel HAPPYLAND that appeared in Harper's Magazine) follows a taciturn and troubled man, Eric Loesch, who buys a dilapidated farm on 612 acres of forest land in upstate New York. Determined to ignore his family and the local townspeople--who all know more than the reader does about Loesch's unseemly past--Loesch becomes obsessed with a tiny plot of land at the center of his property that is not included in his deed, an obsession that leads him to face his unsettling psyche--and the grim history of the country as a whole. A psychodrama, a chilling mystery, and a profound exploration of America's unpleasant heritage, CASTLE is a novel that plants its barbs deep in the reader's heart and mind.
||“Castle tells a terrific story, dire and confusing and convincing.” —Scott Bradfield, The New York Times Book Review||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 his property seem to beckon him, and he soon discovers a Gothic castle at the center of his land that he appears not to own. Loesch looks for an explanation, and the reader is drawn into a “terrifying and psychologically complex mystery signaling an important American writer in full command of his powers.”*