Rene Denfeld is the bestselling author of the novel THE ENCHANTED
* Winner of the prestigious French Prix award. * #1 Book of the Year, the Oregonian. * Finalist for the 2014 Flaherty First Novel Prize * Texas Lariat List * Top #5 Books of the Year, Powell’s Books. * Indie Next Pick * Amazon Book of the Month * ALA Notable Book Award for Excellence in Fiction *Goodread’s Readers Choice finalist best novel * Foyles Best of 2014 * Harper Collins Canada #1 Fan Choice * Books of the Year, Lovereading UK * Waterstones Book Club Pick *Longlist for the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction * IMPAC longlist International Dublin Literary Award.
A poetic examination of the causes of violence and our over-crowded prison system, The Enchanted has garnered outstanding acclaim, with rave reviews and accolades. The Enchanted has been praised by the likes of Erin Morgenstern, Katherine Dunn, and Donald Ray Pollock, who says, “Rene Denfeld is a genius. In The Enchanted she has imagined one of the grimmest settings in the world—a dank and filthy death row in a corrupt prison—and given us one of the most beautiful, heartrending, and riveting novels I have ever read.”
Rene has written for many publications including The New York Times and is the author of three non-fiction books. The Enchanted was inspired by her work as a death penalty investigator. Rene still works with men and women facing execution in addition to indigent defense. The Enchanted has been chosen for community and university reads, sparking conversations on prison reform, mass incarceration, crime and the causes of violence. The child of a difficult history herself, Rene is an accomplished speaker who loves connecting with communities.
The stage production of The Enchanted premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2016. This production by the Pharmacy company earned accolades. “Both hard-hitting and tender, The Enchanted is a theatre production highlighting issues relating to capital punishment, child sex-abuse and the self-perpetuating cycle of violence upon violence.”
Rene’s next novel, The Child Finder, will be published by Harper in the fall of 2017.