The Open Curtain by Brian Evenson

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When Rudd, a troubled teenager, embarks on a school project, he runs across a series of articles from the 1902 New York Times chronicling a vicious murder committed by the grandson of Brigham Young. Delving deeply into the Mormon ritual of blood sacrifice used in the murders, Rudd, along with his newly discovered half-brother, Lael, becomes swept up in the psychological and atavistic effects of this violent, antique ritual.

As the past and the present become an increasingly tangled knot, Rudd is found at the scene of a multiple murder at a remote campsite with minor injuries and few memories. Lyndi, the daughter of the victims, tries to help Rudd recover his memory and, together, they find a strength unique to survivors of terrible tragedies. But Rudd, desperate to protect Lyndi and unable to let the past be still, tries to manipulate their Mormon wedding ceremony to trick the priests (and God) by giving himself and Lyndi new secret names—names that match the killer and the victim in the one hundred-year-old murder. The nightmare has just begun . . .


About Brian Evenson

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BRIAN EVENSON is the author of Last Days (formerly titled Brotherhood of Mutilation) and The Open Curtain (Coffee House), which was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an IHG Award and was among Time Out New York's top books of 2006. He lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he directs Brown University's Literary Arts Program. Other books include The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection) and The Brotherhood of Mutilation. He has translated work by Chrstian Gailly, Jean Frèmon and Jacques Jouet. He has received an O. Henry Prize as well as an NEA fellowship.
Published December 15, 2010 by Coffee House Press. 225 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Manipulated by the creepy Lael, Rudd eventually finds himself participating in his father’s exhumation and after that in the murder of a family of campers unlucky enough to cross the boys’ path at the wrong time.

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.” They take place in dream states: “Night after night, Kraus dreamt of a woman with a normal leg and a baby leg.” Characters ponder the awkward “Intricacies of Post-Shooting Etiquette,” or ask themselves “How do you know the moment when you cease to be human?” In one way or another, Evenson’s ch...

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