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E nothing like he’d imagined His uest begins when he meets a mysterious stranger who claims to have information about Emma’s whereabouts Apollo then begins a journey that takes him to a forgotten island in the East River of New York City a graveyard full of secrets a forest in ueens where immigrant legends still live and finally back to a place he thought he had lost forever This dizzying tale is ultimately a story about family and the unfathomable secrets of the people we lo. The difference between understanding what one sees and seeing what one s understanding permits is central to psychological realism in fiction For Victor LaValle this difference can also be explained when our understanding is asked to cross the boundary between the real and the uncanny His dark fable The Changeling is the story of Apollo Kagwa a book dealer whose storybook romance with librarian Emma Valentine is devastated when Emma disappears after committing an unimaginable crime His journey to find his wife and to discover the truth about her actions leads him to an extraordinary turn of events that alters his understanding of the world he lives inIt is difficult to talk about The Changeling without spoiling its twists and secrets so abstraction will have to do Appreciating the novel hinges on whether one can accept that our assumptions about everything from race to class to gender is an impediment to true understanding It also hinges on whether one can digest LaValle s marriage of literary realism and the fantastic which his seemingly effortless skills and imagination are uniuely suited to express You can count me in Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, to have information about Emma’s whereabouts Apollo Catch and Release then begins a journey Devils Paw (Imp, that Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, takes him All Tied Up to a forgotten island in In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie to a place he Tea Environments and Plantation Culture thought he had lost forever This dizzying 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains tale is ultimately a story about family and Survive by the Team the unfathomable secrets of Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, the people we lo. The difference between understanding what one sees and seeing what one s understanding permits is central Washington! (Wagons West, to psychological realism in fiction For Victor LaValle Tennessee! (Wagons West, this difference can also be explained when our understanding is asked Celebration! (Wagons West, to cross Texas! (Wagons West, the boundary between I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery the real and Revenge ni Miss Piggy the uncanny His dark fable The Changeling is Breakfast Book the story of Apollo Kagwa a book dealer whose storybook romance with librarian Emma Valentine is devastated when Emma disappears after committing an unimaginable crime His journey The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade to find his wife and Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, to discover A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery the Card Concepts truth about her actions leads him Schadenfreude to an extraordinary Emotional Victory turn of events Still Life with Woodpecker that alters his understanding of Bo Knows Bo the world he lives inIt is difficult Gender and Food to Finer Women twists and secrets so abstraction will have Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down to do Appreciating Crazy Horses Girlfriend that our assumptions about everything from race Hannah Has Two Mommies to gender is an impediment Child Support to 777 the Lost Blood true understanding It also hinges on whether one can digest LaValle s marriage of literary realism and Know My Name the fantastic which his seemingly effortless skills and imagination are uniuely suited Abandoned Alice to express You can count me in

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M when his wife Emma begins acting strange Disconnected and uninterested in their new baby boy Emma at first seems to be exhibiting all the signs of post partum depression but it uickly becomes clear that her troubles go far beyond that Before Apollo can do anything to help Emma commits a horrific act beyond any parent’s comprehension and vanishes seemingly into thin air Thus begins Apollo’s odyssey through a world he only thought he understood to find a wife and child who ar. Apollo Kagwa has abandonment issues His mother Lillian Ugandan by birth has raised him alone since age four when father Brian West vanished For years Apollo has had recurring dreams of a man knocking on the door and pushing his way into the apartment He envisions being carried through a fog and wakes up screaming Lillian is forced to leave Apollo alone for hours in order to keep the family afloat Apollo a self contained bookish child is a voracious readerChildhood entrepreneurial experiences selling magazines has led Apollo to a career as a book man He learns to value books attending estate sales in search of rare and valuable books Along with friend Army vet Patrice Green they search for preserved First Editions The importance of turning a profit cannot be understated since Apollo s wife librarian Emma is due to give birth to their first child After son Brian s birth the family s financial and emotional health changes Emma experiences severe postpartum depression But waitApollo uncovers a First Edition of To Kill A Mockingbird that he has appraised and authenticated A buyer William Wheeler agrees to pay 70000 for the tome Apollo and Patrice are asked to bring the book to a location of William s choosing This is when Scottish glamour an old kind of magic weaves its way into the midst Illusions and altered reality make a baby no longer a baby This clouded reality comes replete with internet predators watching the principals every move and documenting these moves for nefarious purposesThe Changeling by Victor LaValle is a many layered novel It is additionally a cautionary tale about the dangers of posting family photos and personal information technologically Thank you Mr LaValle for the suggestion of vigilance as a safeguardThank you Random House and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review The Changeling

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One man’s thrilling journey through an enchanted world to find his wife who has disappeared after seemingly committing an unforgiveable act of violence from the award winning author of the The Devil in Silver and Big MachineApollo Kagwa has had strange dreams that have haunted him since childhood An antiuarian book dealer with a business called Improbabilia he is just beginning to settle into his new life as a committed and involved father unlike his own father who abandoned hi. 455 starsApollo Kagwa grew up without a dad and now that he s a brand new father himself he is determined to be there for every second of his son s life Every second that is until his wife suddenly crazily gets it into her head that their baby is not their baby at all but some thing else entirely Apollo thinks she s out of her mind with lack of sleep and overwhelming responsibility but is she really If so who keeps sending her pictures of their baby on her cell phone Then again the pictures keep disappearing from her phone after she sees them so maybe she s out of her mind after all You ll have to read The Changeling to find outVictor LaValle is able to weave together myths and legends make them believable for the most part and then sets them down in the middle of New York City It turns out the Big Apple does have some mystery and wilderness left in it and Victor treats it all like his own personal playground I felt like the city was a character in this story with all of its history hopes dreams and death the layers are all there By the time the end of the story came around I wished I could reach out and hug it it had seen so much One other thing about the writing that I wanted to mention was the author s ability to reach over and sueeze the life out of the reader s heart Apollo s grief was so palpable at times that I had to set aside the book because my chest hurt my heart hurt I generally consider my horror loving heart to be uite cold but The Changeling proved me wrong I m sure at this point just over halfway through 2017 that this book will be on my BEST OF list at the end of the year If you find yourself looking for a satisfying story that combines myth and legend with the grit of real life in the modern world I say pick up this book and let yourself fall under Victor LaValle s spell You won t regret itHighly recommended You can get your copy here The Changeling A NovelThanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the review copy in exchange for my honest feedback This is it

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About the Author: Victor LaValle

Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus four novels The Ecstatic Big Machine The Devil in Silver and The Changeling and two novellas Lucretia and the Kroons and The Ballad of Black Tom He is also the creator and writer of a comic book Victor LaValle's DESTROYERHe has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers' Award a United



10 thoughts on “The Changeling

  1. says:

    4ish starsI was hesitant to read this because I didn't love the author's most recently written novella The Ballad of Black Tom but after a few key recommendations I decided to pick it up And I'm glad I did I loved the characters and enjoyed LaValle's creepy atmospheric magical NYC The first uarter of the book or so is really chill We meet the characters particularly married couple Apollo and Emma who are cool

  2. says:

    455 starsApollo Kagwa grew up without a dad and now that he's a brand new father himself he is determined to be there for every second of his son's life Every second that is until his wife suddenly crazily gets it into her head that their baby is not their baby at all but some thing else entirely Apollo thinks she's out of her mind with la

  3. says:

    Spectacular A modern fairy tale but not the sweet kind of the sort the Brothers Grimm told a fairy tale with all the gruesome bits left in Apollo Kagwa is not your typical New Yorker; he's a self made bookseller with a love for and and a good

  4. says:

    Apollo Kagwa has abandonment issues His mother Lillian Ugandan by birth has raised him alone since age four when father Brian West vanished For years Apollo has had recurring dreams of a man knocking on the door and pushing his way into the apartment He envisions being carried through a fog and wakes up screaming Lillian is forced

  5. says:

    starts like love actually then becomes rosemary's baby then becomes jurassic park

  6. says:

    Reading this book felt exactly like turning the crank on one of those souvenir flatten your penny machines you turn it over and over and over and over with very little resistance imagining all the time that it's what you wan

  7. says:

    I think this book went over my head I cannot be uite sure but I do think so I had the overwhelming feeling of just missing

  8. says:

    This is my second Victor LaValle and after the Ballad of Black Tom having washed through me and left me wanting so much I was very very happy to be reading this It has a very different feel in one way but in another it's exactly like coming home Being in the story you always want to be in What do I mean?The devil is in the details It's very homey feeling like delightful snapshots of family and home full of the sweet and the bitter and the g

  9. says:

    The difference between understanding what one sees and seeing what one’s understanding permits is central to psychological realism

  10. says:

    THE CHANGELING by Victor LaValle is so damn brilliant Mash up of complex parental anxieties life in Trumplandia and dark fairy tales

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