The Open Curtain

The Open Curtain Cover

The Open Curtain

By Brian Evenson

Coffee House Press, Paperback, 9781566891882, 223pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2006

Description


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 the Author
Brian Evenson is the author of six books of fiction: "Altmann's Tongue" (Bison Books, 2002), "The Din of Celestial Birds" (Wordcraft, 1997), "Prophets and Brothers "(Rodent 1997), "Father of Lies" (Four Walls Eight Windows, 1998), "Contagion" (Wordcraft, 2000), and "Dark Property" (Black Square/Hammer Books/Four Walls Eight Windows, 2002). He received an O. Henry Award for his story "Two Brothers" and has twice received O. Henry honorable mentions. He now teaches in the creative writing program at Brown University.