Winner of an American Book Award, a Locus Award for Best Horror Novel, a British Fantasy Award for Best Horror Novel, a World Fantasy Award for Best Novel • Nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award, an International Dublin Literary Award, a Mythopoeic Award for Literature
When Apollo Kagwa’s father disappeared, he left his son a box of books and strange recurring dreams. Now Apollo is a father himself—and as he and his wife, Emma, settle into their new lives as parents, exhaustion and anxiety start to take their toll. Apollo’s old dreams return and Emma begins acting odd. At first Emma seems to be exhibiting signs of postpartum depression. But before Apollo can do anything to help, Emma commits a horrific act and vanishes. Thus begins Apollo’s quest to find a wife and child who are nothing like he’d imagined. His odyssey takes him to a forgotten island, a graveyard full of secrets, a forest where immigrant legends still live, and finally back to a place he thought he had lost forever.
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“The thriller you won’t be able to put down.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
“By turns enchanting, infuriating, horrifying, and heartbreaking, The Changeling is never less than completely engaging.”—NPR
“Strange and wonderful.”—The New York Times
“A dark fairy tale of New York, full of magic and loss, myth and mystery, love and madness. The Changeling is a mesmerizing, monumental work.”—Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings
“[A] bewitching masterpiece . . . Like a woke Brothers Grimm, his clever new spin on the ages-old changeling myth is a modern fairy tale for the Trump era, taking on fatherhood, parenting, marriage, immigration, race and terrifying loss.”—USA Today
“Intense, riveting . . . The story is a long, slow burn with a lingering sizzle.”—Los Angeles Review of Books
“A modern-day tale of terror rooted in ancient myth and folklore, brimming with magical revelation and emotional truth.”—San Francisco Chronicle
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This fairy tale begins in 1968 during a garbage strike. In February New York City’s sanitation workers refused to pick up trash for eight straight days. One hundred thousand tons of garbage filled the sidewalks, spilled into the streets. Rats ran laps alongside morning joggers. Rubbish fires boiled the air. The five boroughs had been given up for dead. Still, there was some cracked magic in the air because that was when Lillian and Brian met. Each had journeyed from far--flung lands to find one another in Queens. Neither could’ve guessed the wildness that falling in love would unleash.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After finishing this book I am exhausted. Its a wild ride with a lot of ups and downs. I loved parts of it and even hated parts. I was confused for a while as it turned to an unexpected storyline. It was like reading someones nightmare. Still not for everyone but I enjoyed it.
I didn't want to stop reading. I felt immersed in LaSalle' s adventure, threaded to the story. Wonderfully written story.
How have I not heard of this author before? This book is just fantastic. I loved it and couldn't put it down. I'm definitely going to read some of the author's other books.
just read it!
Parenthood. Trust. Internet privacy, applications, & trolls... Folklore. Fascinating story! Victor LaValle is an excellent story teller and I enjoy reading his works! Very excited to find out that The Changeling will be on television.
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