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


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...

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.

Brad 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...

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 08, 2017

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 into fantasy...

switterbug (Betsey) rated it ★★★★☆

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...

Rosh rated it ★★★☆☆

October 07, 2017

3.5 THE CHANGELING is a fairy tale for the modern day. A real fairy tale, the kind where people die and the words 'happily ever aftet' are never uttered. It’s horror, urban fantasy, and ‘regular’ fantasy all put together. It portrays the dangers of internet oversharing, trolls, and being a person...

Panagiotis rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 17, 2017

H ανάγνωση αυτού του βιβλίου αποτέλεσε μια πολύ διδακτική εμπειρία. Πέραν του μυθιστορήματος καθαυτού, το οποίο έγειρε τυπικές αντιδράσεις (απόλαυση/αδιαφορία), τέθηκαν σημαντικά ζητήματα στο κεφάλι μου, που συνήθως παραβλέπουμε: Τί είναι αυτό που διαβάζουμε; Πως μάθαμε για αυτό το βιβλίο; Πόσο μ...

Chris rated it ★★★☆☆

April 07, 2017

starts like love actually, then becomes rosemary's baby, then becomes jurassic park.

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