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The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
December 15, 22, & 29, 2020
In the wake of the hit HBO sci-fi drama Lovecraft Country, One Book One Bronx will focus on Victor LaValle's The Ballad of Black Tom. One of NPR's Best Books of 2016, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, the British Fantasy Award, the This is Horror Award for Novella of the Year, and a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, World Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Awards
People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn't there.
Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father's head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.
A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?
"Full of rage and passion." ―The New York Times Book Review
"This ingenious recasting of an H.P. Lovecraft classic is as creepy as it is thought-provoking." ―People