A freakishly amazing story.

A freakishly amazing story.

Surprise! The books on this page are not by me, but by my wife and sometimes co-author, Denise Kiernan. I include the page because people frequently contact me asking about her work.

She is perhaps best known for her New York Times Bestseller, The Girls of Atomic City, which is a true story—a compelling nonfiction narrative about the women who unknowingly worked to create the fuel for the first atomic bomb during World War II.

Her new book is the glittering true story behind the largest home in America. America's Downton Abbey, if you will.

Constructed in the fading days of the Gilded Age, this colossally huge, 175,000-square-foot mansion is located in none of the cities you'd imagine. Not New York. Not Newport, Rhode Island. Not Los Angeles. Not Bar Harbor, Maine. It's tucked away instead in the back hills of North Carolina against a backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Simon & Schuster publishes The Last Castle in September 2017, but you can pre-order the book now from all online booksellers. Signed first editions are available from the indie bookstore in our town, Malaprops. Details below.

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Buy THE Last castle here.

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Both books also available in large print editions.

“A phenomenal story.”
— Jon Stewart, The Daily Show (on The Girls of Atomic City)