Lovecraft Country

  • by Matt Ruff
  • Narrated by Kevin Kenerly
  • 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Critically acclaimed cult novelist Matt Ruff 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' 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 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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An effective mix of influences

Lovecraft Country has as much to do with the horrors of Jim Crow-era racism as it does with eldritch terrors or the cosmic dread of Lovecraft. The connections to Lovecraft's work are present but author Matt Ruff is up to something different. Nevertheless, like some of HPL's work, this book deals not only with cosmic and supernatural mysteries but with questions of heredity and identity. The novel is essentially an interconnected series of stories that revolve around a black family. It can seem a little disjointed at times but the characters are well-realized and distinct. They're the strength of this book and even when the plot wavers a bit, they remain strong. Both Ruff's writing and Kenerly's narration make this a worthy listen.

I gave the book 4 stars. I'd be more inclined to give it 3.5 if that were an option. Either way, I enjoyed it and I recommend it.
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- Jim N

outstanding

likeable characters with believable strengths and foibles, loved the vignette construction leading to a most satisfying conclusion, capped off by a fantastic performance by kenerly whose distinct voices fit personalities and moods skillfully
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- Lauren

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-16-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.