The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle audiobook

The Ballad of Black Tom

By Victor LaValle
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Macmillan Audio 9780765387868
3.16 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9781427273802

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 black skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their trained cops. But when he delivers an occult page 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? “LaValle cleverly subverts Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos by imbuing a black man with the power to summon the Old Ones, and creates genuine chills with his evocation of the monstrous Sleeping King, an echo of Lovecraft’s Dagon… [The Ballad of Black Tom] has a satisfying slingshot ending.” – Elizabeth Hand for Fantasy & ScienceFiction "[LaValle] reinvents outmoded literary conventions, particularly the ghettos of genre and ethnicity that long divided serious literature from popular fiction." --Praise for The Devil in Silver from Elizabeth Hand, author of Radiant Days

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Summary

Summary

Finalist for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novella

Nominated for the 2016 Nebula Award for Best Novella

A February 2016 Gizmodo Pick

Among shortlisted titles for the 2017 Locus Award

Nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards, 2016

Among shortlisted titles for World Fantasy Award - Finalist, 2017

Nominated for the 2016 Bram Stoker Award

Among longlisted titles for NPR Best Book of the Year, 2016

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 black skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their trained cops. But when he delivers an occult page 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?

“LaValle cleverly subverts Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos by imbuing a black man with the power to summon the Old Ones, and creates genuine chills with his evocation of the monstrous Sleeping King, an echo of Lovecraft’s Dagon… [The Ballad of Black Tom] has a satisfying slingshot ending.” – Elizabeth Hand for Fantasy & ScienceFiction

"[LaValle] reinvents outmoded literary conventions, particularly the ghettos of genre and ethnicity that long divided serious literature from popular fiction."
--Praise for The Devil in Silver from Elizabeth Hand, author of Radiant Days

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Shirley Jackson Award–winner LaValle cleverly retcons H. P. Lovecraft’s infamous story ‘The Horror at Red Hook,’ retelling it with a new protagonist…The story adeptly addresses social and racial issues that were central to urban life at the dawn of the twentieth century, with obvious resonances and parallels in the present. Those familiar with Lovecraft’s story might get a little more from this novella, but it stands well on its own.” Publishers Weekly
“LaValle’s novella of sorcery and skullduggery in Jazz Age New York is a magnificent example of what weird fiction can and should do.” Laird Barron, author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

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Author

Author Bio: Victor LaValle

Author Bio: Victor LaValle

Victor LaValle is the award-winning author of The Ecstatic, Big Machine, and Slapboxing with Jesus. Big Machine was the winner of an American Book Award and the Shirley Jackson Award in 2010, and was selected as one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, the Nation, and Publishers Weekly. He teaches writing at Columbia University and lives in New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Runtime: 3.16
Audience: Adult
Language: English