Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

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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, Lovecraftian horror, and fantasy.

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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The spirit of classic pulp fiction run bone deep in this novel. Matt Ruff captures the eerie and uneasy flow of old fashioned weird fiction, superimposed over the very real horror of 1950’s Jim Crow America. The story errs closer towards the supernatural adventure elements, as Matt Ruff is white, and thus doesn’t have the best footing to be writing about the experience of Black Americans in the 50s. Told in a related series of vignettes connected together by the Turner family, who experience their share of trials and traumas both real and unreal. With steady pacing and endearing characters you can really root for, Lovecraft Country easily succeeds its source material’s progenitor – Sylvie

 

Chicago, 1954: When his father goes missing, 22-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 mundane terrors of white America and 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.

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
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