Author Jennifer Egan isn’t afraid of a little complication, like, oh, say, a plot that is a story within a story within a story. It’s that circular, involved plotline that Egan gave readers with The Keep. “This is the story about a guy who comes to a castle and begins experiencing strange phenomena,” she says. “And that story is being written by a man in a prison writing class. And it also turns out later that there’s another layer around all of that that we’re not aware of until the end of the book. So it’s a tricky book. It has a lot of trap doors and false bottoms, and I found that to be a lot of fun.”
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Egan will be reading from The Keep for the Inprint Brown Reading Series on Monday, October 15. Novelist and MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” fellowship winner Richard Powers will also appear. 7:30 p.m. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue. For information, call 713-521-2026 or visit www.inprinthouston.org. $5. — Olivia Flores Alvarez