Genuinely creepy-crawly story-within-a-story features a pair of cousins working together (and sometimes against each other) in restoring an eerie, remote Eastern European castle; meanwhile, a prisoner attends a creative writing class while doing time and workshops a story about two cousins restoring an old castle, intriguing his troubled teacher.
Jennifer Egan's The Keep is an enjoyable, offbeat read that I was pleasantly surprised to find. I had not heard of Jennifer Egan before a friend recommended this one. I nabbed it off of www.paperbackswap.com and read it at a good clip. Egan writes in an interesting voice and featured plenty of neat twists and turns with a chilling undertone throughout.
Unfortunately I thought the ending unraveled a bit, but I was completely sold on it for nine-tenths of the way through, and immediately went looking for more of Egan's work. Recommended.