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“If the literary gods mixed together Haruki Murakami and Ralph Ellison…the result would be Victor LaValle.”—Anthony Doerr
Apollo Kagwa has had strange dreams that have haunted him since childhood. An antiquarian book dealer with a business called Improbabilia, he is just beginning to settle into his new life as a committed and involved father, unlike his own father who abandoned him, when his wife Emma begins acting strange. Disconnected and uninterested in their new baby boy, Emma at first seems to be exhibiting all the signs of post-partum depression, but it quickly becomes clear that her troubles go far beyond that. Before Apollo can do anything to help, Emma commits a horrific act—beyond any parent’s comprehension—and vanishes, seemingly into thin air.
Thus begins Apollo’s odyssey through a world he only thought he understood to find a wife and child who are nothing like he’d imagined. His quest begins when he meets a mysterious stranger who claims to have information about Emma’s whereabouts. Apollo then begins a journey that takes him to a forgotten island in the East River of New York City, a graveyard full of secrets, a forest in Queens where immigrant legends still live, and finally back to a place he thought he had lost forever. This dizzying tale is ultimately a story about family and the unfathomable secrets of the people we love.
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February 23, 2017
Apollo Kagwa has abandonment issues. His mother Lillian, Ugandan by birth, has raised him alone since age four, when father Brian West vanished. For years, Apollo has had recurring dreams of a man knocking on the door and pushing his way into the apartment. He envisions being carried through a fo...
June 30, 2017
Apollo Kagwa grew up without a dad and now that he's a brand new father himself, he is determined to be there for every second of his son's life. Every second, that is, until his wife suddenly, crazily, gets it into her head that their baby is not their baby at all, but something el...
June 22, 2017
THE CHANGELING by Victor LaValle is so damn brilliant. Mash up of complex parental anxieties, life in Trumplandia, and dark fairy tales.
March 12, 2017
Oh yes. That's what I'm talking about. This is the sort of book that reignites the passion for the genre. I've read LaValle's Devil in Silver, which I liked a lot, but this dark fairy tale for adults definitely takes the cake. And slaughters it. It starts off like many fairy tales do...nice and n...
August 10, 2017
I’m compelled to compare LaValle to Stephen King, especially the domestic novels. Like King, Victor LaValle ably mines the struggles of ordinary families, and intertwines extraordinary circumstances, via supernatural horror and gristle. He does this to emphasize bitter realities—a palimpsest of f...
July 04, 2017
Don't even know what to say about this book.
It took my breath away and the ending was just fantastic.
I saw that some of my friends on Goodreads were reading this and I already had plans to read this because I loved LaValle's last book "The Ballad of Black Tom". I didn't think that this book woul...
April 07, 2017
starts like love actually, then becomes rosemary's baby, then becomes jurassic park.
June 08, 2017
It's difficult to review this book, because the action that propels the 'horror' in this novel occurs well into the plot. But you know changeling folklore, right? If you don't, essentially, goblins steal a newborn child and leave a look-alike in the baby's place. The parents then have to trick th...
August 09, 2017
Right from the very first sentence—“This fairy tale begins in 1968 during a garbage strike”—Victor LaSalle signals what he intends to do: weave the magical spell of fairy tales with the gritty reality of present day New York.
Indeed, the opening is grounded in that reality with memorable images: t...
March 04, 2017
Changeling. The title alone should give readers some insight into the story. A changeling is defined as a child believed to have been secretly substituted by fairies for the parents’ real child in infancy. The center of the story is young Brian, the only child of Apollo and Emma. Apollo carries i...