Lovecraft Country (Paperback)

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Atticus Turner and his friends go looking for his father and become unwitting targets of a secret cult of powerful warlocks. They face them fearlessly and turn out to be formidable adversaries... they have faced worse. They are, after all, young black people traveling the in the south during the Jim Crow era. The cover of this books proclaims "America's demons revealed!" but clearly it is not referring only to theĀ  evil sorcerers in the story.

— Sharon

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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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062292070
ISBN-10: 0062292072
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: February 14th, 2017
Pages: 400
Language: English