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Lovecraft Country: A Novel

Lovecraft Country: A Novel

"Written in the tradition of pulpy horror and adventure stories, Lovecraft Country manages to be witty, action packed, and socially relevant all at once. It's a series of interconnected short stories exploring Jim Crow America through the experiences of a group of African American characters (there are also monsters, aliens, alternate dimensions, and cults, but honestly systemic racism is much, much worse). H. P. Lovecraft is probably rolling in his grave, and that's fine by me." 

Kat M.

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Author Matt Ruff
Publisher Harper Perennial
Publication Date 2017-02-14
Section Science Fiction / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Kat M.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780062292070

Soon to be a New HBO® Series from J.J. Abrams (Executive Producer of Westworld), Misha Green (Creator of Underground) and Jordan Peele (Director of Get Out)

The critically acclaimed cult novelist makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects 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 Montrose 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 Mr. 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.

At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn—led by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Caleb—which has gathered to orchestrate 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 continues to haunt us today.

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