Giovanni's Gift by Bradford Morrow

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An architect and his wife live in seeming harmony with their pristine western surroundings—until a friend’s hidden past unleashes a host of evils
When Grant’s marriage begins to fall apart, he reflects upon the perfect lives of his uncle Henry and aunt Edmé, self-sufficient intellectuals who live blissfully together in a home built by Henry in the high Rocky Mountains. But when Henry and Edmé tell Grant of the terrible nighttime incidents that occurred on their property and culminated in the gruesome murder of one of their close friends, Grant moves in with them to help save an ideal he holds dear. Giovanni’s Gift is a modern reinvention of the myth of Pandora’s box, and a harrowing meditation on the allure of the American landscape—and the menace that lurks beneath the beauty of its surfaces.


About Bradford Morrow

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Bradford Morrow is a professor of literature and a Bard Center Fellow at Bard College.
Published February 15, 2011 by Open Road Media. 275 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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 An elegant unveiling of the dark secrets that often lie submerged beneath grim events, from the novelist whose earlier inclinations toward the gothic (Trinity Fields, 1995; The Almanac Branch, 1991) seem to have reached full flower.

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In the memorable Trinity Fields, Morrow evoked wild Western landscapes magnificently, in all their glorious weathers and shifting lights. He does so again in this tale of an elderly architect and his

Feb 02 1997 | Read Full Review of Giovanni's Gift

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