The Changeling
May 9, 2018 11:22 AM - by Victor LaValle - Subscribe

“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

The Changeling is about Apollo Kagwa, a rare book dealer. Abandoned by his own father as a child, Apollo seems disinterested in a family until his "biological clock" goes off at 37. He begins, much like his father did, pursuing a woman whom he eventually marries. But an act of violence changes everything in Apollo's life.

Lavalle uses the myth of the bortbyting to make poignant and often heartbreaking observations about childhood and parenthood alike.

One of Time’s Top 10 Novels of the Year
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