Staff Pick: The Changeling by Victore Lavalle

My most recent staff pick at the bookshop:

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Victor Lavalle mixes family drama, horror, folklore, and vivid realism in this absolutely gripping novel about parenthood and American culture. Appollo Kagwa is a “book man” and a father, devoted to his wife Emma and their newborn baby. But Emma’s postpartum depression soon turns into something far more terrifying, and she vanishes with Appollo’s son into unknown and fantastical parts of New York. His journey to find them brings him to the edge of reason, while the people he meets prove that there’s more to America than what fits into the boundaries of imagination. This book is startling and sweet, haunting and harrowing. Highly recommended for fans of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.