Los Angeles Times Book Prize nominee Ariel S. Winter explores the secret legacy of an enigmatic family in this "lyrical, unexpected, and curiously affecting" (Kirkus Reviews) atmospheric modern Gothic novel with a delightfully imaginative twist. Sapien is a relic of a bygone age, searching for meaning in a world where his outdated allegiances to a time long past have left him isolated and hopeless. Seeking peace and quiet, he retires to a beach house at Barren Cove, a stately Victorian manor even more antiquated than he. He becomes increasingly fascinated with the family whose lives are entwined with the home--angry and rebellious Clarke; flamboyant Kent; fragile, beautiful Mary; and most of all, Beachstone, the mysterious man whose history may hold all the answers Sapien has been searching for. As he unlocks their secret loves and betrayals, the dangerous past of Barren Cove will indelibly change him...and who he is fated to become.
Written in the tradition of Kazuo Ishiguro and Neil Gaiman, Barren Cove is a luminous and surprising exploration of legacy, loss, and humanity itself, that "deserves to be a classic"