The Changeling by Victor LaValle

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Read The Changeling Online Free - One man’s thrilling journey through an enchanted world to find his wife, who has disappeared after seemingly committing an unforgiveable act of violence, from the award-winning author of the The Devil in Silver and Big Machine.

“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.

Title : The Changeling
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ISBN : 0812995945
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 448 pages


Philip rated it ★★★★☆

December 01, 2017

4ish stars. I was hesitant to read this because I didn't love the author's most recently written novella, The Ballad of Black Tom, but after a few key recommendations, I decided to pick it up. And I'm glad I did. I loved the characters and enjoyed LaValle's creepy, atmospheric, magical NYC. The fi...

Fran rated it ★★★☆☆

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...

Char rated it ★★★★★

June 30, 2017

4.5/5 stars! 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...

Bradley rated it ★★★★★

October 14, 2017

This is my second Victor LaValle and after the Ballad of Black Tom having washed through me and left me wanting so much more, I was very, very happy to be reading this. It has a very different feel in one way, but in another, it's exactly like coming home. Being in the story you always want to be...

Gary rated it ★★★★☆

December 20, 2017

The difference between understanding what one sees and seeing what one’s understanding permits is central to psychological realism in fiction. For Victor LaValle, this difference can also be explained when our understanding is asked to cross the boundary between the real and the uncanny. His dark...

Paul rated it ★★★★★

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.

Marie rated it ★★★★☆

October 24, 2017

This intelligent, intriguing modern day fairy tale starts out in what seems to be a normal world. It begins with the birth of the protagonist, Apollo, a child of mixed race to Lillian Kagwa (a Ugandan immigrant) and Brian West (a white parole officer.) His father had held him as a baby telling hi...

Bandit rated it ★★★★☆

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...

Justine rated it ★★★★☆

October 24, 2017

4.5 stars An excellent book that deftly melds the monsters of the old world with those of the new. LaValle's voice feels firmly a product of his time and place and it provides a rich multi-dimensional aspect to the characters and their story. The story itself is contemporary realism that slides in...

Emily rated it ★★★★★

November 13, 2017

Check out my video review! 4.5 stars Okay. Wow. So. This was my first Victor LaValle book, and I feel like he's going to be on the same level as Neil Gaiman for me. I loved his writing style--DAMN LaValle knows his way around a sentence... Seriously. I think sometimes people conflate great prose wi...

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