Sorrowland

May 4, 2021
Sorrowland

A triumphant, genre-bending novel, following a youngblack woman through a nightmarish yet recognisable landscape as sheattempts to create a new life for herself and herchildren.Vern, a hunted woman alone in the woods, gives birth to twinsand raises them away from the influence of the outside world. Butsomething is wrong—not with them, but with her own body. It'schanging, it's stronger, it's not normal.To understand her body's metamorphosis, Vern must investigatethe secluded religious compound from which she fled and the violenthistory of dehumanisation, medical experimentation and genocidethat produced it. In the course of reclaiming her own darkness,Vern learns that monsters aren't just individuals, but entirehistories, systems and nations.Rivers Solomon's Sorrowland is amemorable work of Gothic fiction that wrestles with the tangledhistory of racism in America and the marginalisation of society'sundesirables. It is a searing, seminal book that marks the arrivalof a bold, unignorable voice in American fiction.