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Lovecraft Country
by Matt Ruff


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Lovecraft Country doesn t just race along, it tears, demanding that you keep turning its pages without interruption. Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother

Wonderful from page one. . . . Matt Ruff is one of the gentlest, wildest writers of fantastic fiction.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Lovecraft Country doesn t just race along, it tears, demanding that you keep turning its pages without interruption. Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother

Wonderful from page one. . . . Matt Ruff is one of the gentlest, wildest writers of fantastic fiction. John Crowley, author of Little, Big

Another only Matt Ruff could do this production. Lovecraft Country takes the unlikeliest of premises and spins it into a funny, fast, exciting, and affecting read. Neal Stephenson, New York Times bestselling author of Seveneves and Anathem

The critically acclaimed cult novelist makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.

Chicago, 1954. When his father goes missing, twenty-two-year-old army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his uncle George publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Samuel Braithwhite heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus s ancestors they encounter both the mundane terrors of white America and the malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours.

Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal, the Order of the Ancient Dawn led by Braithwhite and his son, Caleb which has gathered to perform a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his and the whole Turner clan s destruction.

A chimerical blend of magic, power, hope, and freedom that stretches across time, touching diverse members of two black families, Lovecraft Country is a devastating kaleidoscopic portrait of racism the terrifying specter that still haunts us today."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062292063
  • ISBN-10: 0062292064
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Publish Date: February 2016
  • Page Count: 384
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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Books > Fiction > African American - Historical

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-11-30
  • Reviewer: Staff

This timely rumination on racism in America refracts an African-American familys brush with supernatural horrors through the prism of life in the Jim Crow years of the mid-20th century. The novels episodic events involve the extended family of Chicagoan Atticus Turner, who are lineal descendants of slaves once owned by the ancestors of New Englander Caleb Braithwhite. As Braithwhite jockeys for ascendancy in the sorcerous Order of the Ancient Dawn, he draws Turner and his family and friends into a variety of intrigues, including the recovery of a book of occult lore, the manipulation of a Jekyll-esque split personality, and encounters with ghosts. Ruff (The Mirage) has an impressive grasp of classic horror themes, but the most unsettling aspects of his novel are the everyday experiences of bigotry that intensify the Turners encounters with the supernatural. Readers will appreciate the irony of how the Turners conditioning in enduring racial bias empowers them to master more macabre challenges. Agent: Melanie Jackson, Melanie Jackson Agency. (Feb.)

 
BookPage Reviews

Supernatural thrills amplify a thoughtful narrative on prejudice

Atticus Turner, a young Army veteran from Chicago, is on a search for his father. He enlists his uncle George—the publisher of a book called, not metaphorically in 1954, The Safe Negro Travel Guide—to help find him. Along the way, the two black men encounter the powerful effects of racism in the mid-20th century, but they also meet so much more. It’s hard to say any more than that, because Lovecraft Country is a book that’s best experienced as it’s unfolding.

Matt Ruff, a James Tiptree Jr. Award winner who has written cult classics like Bad Monkeys, brilliantly interweaves the racial tensions of the time with the supernatural, creating a world in which his characters must often literally grapple with their own second-class status. The juxtaposition is potent. Ruff’s steady, self-assured pacing and voice make this all very matter-of-fact, giving more supernatural moments a tactile quality. As with so many great genre novels, Lovecraft Country provides a sense of familiarity that makes the unbelievable believable. 

Fans of dense supernatural fiction will get happily lost in Lovecraft Country, as will anyone who wants a vastly entertaining novel that’s also an exploration of the nature of human prejudice.

 

This article was originally published in the March 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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