The Changeling

The Changeling

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When we first meet Pearl―young in years but advanced in her drinking―she’s on the lam, sitting at a hotel bar in Florida, throwing back gin and tonics with her infant son cradled in the crook of her arm. But her escape is brief, and the relief she feels at having fled her abusive husband, and the Northeastern island his family calls home, doesn’t last for long. Soon she’s being shepherded back. The island, for Pearl, is a place of madness and pain, and her round-the-clock drinking spurs on the former even if it dulls the latter. And through this lens―Pearl’s fragile consciousness―readers encounter the horror and triumph of both childhood and motherhood in a new light.
Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, [2018].
ISBN: 9781941040898
Characteristics: xxi, 310 pages ; 21 cm.


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Jun 03, 2018

Somewhat unusual blend of gritty, dirty realism and dark, grown up fairy tale. The results are unsettling and unpleasant. This is a reissue of the original 1978 novel with an introduction by Rick "Ice Storm" Moody. The more recent novel of the same title by Victor LaValle is far better.


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