Goodhouse: A Novel by Peyton MarshallGoodhouse: A Novel by Peyton Marshall

Goodhouse: A Novel

byPeyton Marshall

Paperback | October 6, 2015

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A bighearted dystopian novel about the corrosive effects of fear and the redemptive power of love.

With soaring literary prose and the tense pacing of a thriller, the first-time novelist Peyton Marshall imagines a grim and startling future. At the end of the twenty-first century--in a transformed America--the sons of convicted felons are tested for a set of genetic markers. Boys who test positive become compulsory wards of the state--removed from their homes and raised on "Goodhouse" campuses, where they learn to reform their darkest thoughts and impulses. Goodhouse is a savage place--part prison, part boarding school--and now a radical religious group, the Holy Redeemer's Church of Purity, is intent on destroying each campus and purifying every child with fire.

We see all this through the eyes of James, a transfer student who watched as the radicals set fire to his old Goodhouse and killed nearly everyone he'd ever known. In addition to adjusting to a new campus with new rules, James now has to contend with Bethany, a brilliant, medically fragile girl who wants to save him, and with her father, the school's sinister director of medical studies. Soon, however, James realizes that the biggest threat might already be there, inside the fortified walls of Goodhouse itself.

Partly based on the true story of the nineteenth-century Preston School of Industry, Goodhouse explores questions of identity and free will--and what it means to test the limits of human endurance.

Peyton Marshall is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, A Public Space, Blackbird, Etiqueta Negra, FiveChapters, and Best New American Voices 2004. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Goodhouse is her first novel.
Title:Goodhouse: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.92 × 5.13 × 0.93 inPublished:October 6, 2015Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0374535868

ISBN - 13:9780374535865

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Goodhouse I thought the premise was interesting, I was lukewarm about the romance (a minor part of the story), I was much more interested in the challenging friendship dynamics between the roommates. #plumreview I received this through a giveaway.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good An entertaining book to read, great job
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Goodhouse good book. I really enjoyed this. Very different from a lot of books I've read. It sparked numerous debates between me and my friends and colleagues discussing the idea of preventative measures.
Date published: 2014-12-04

Editorial Reviews

Three unmistakable signs of extraordinary literary ambition and ability in a novelist: (1) writing a first novel that is far from the author's own experience; (2) imagining a nonexistent world that feels this vivid, dramatic, and real; and (3) creating a main character so intensely sympathetic that the reader cheers for him from the first page to the last. Peyton Marshall has hit a grand slam homer her very first time at the plate. Goodhouse is thrilling and wonderful and dark.