By Kit Reed

whereThe title of Kit Reed’s latest under-the-skin parable isn’t so much a question as the name of a place: a desert Twilight Zone that the inhabitants of a small island off the coast of South Carolina are whisked away to, separating – and perhaps reuniting – families and lovers.

Where is this place? No one knows. Nor is it clear why the islanders have been so abruptly removed. If you’re looking for answers to these questions, you’ve come to the wrong book. Reed is interested in the curtain separating the natural from the supernatural, the known from the unknowable. That curtain may twitch, but can’t be raised. The missing belong to another country, a black hole out of which no information can escape.

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