Sorrowland (Hardback)
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Sorrowland (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 06/05/2021
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'Sorrowland is a wonderland of fantastical and frightening, magical and real. At the centre of this world and leaping off the page is Vern: unstoppable, unforgettable, and unlike anyone you have ever seen before.' MARLON JAMES, Booker Prize-winning author

'A fantastical, fierce reckoning ... Sorrowland is gorgeous, and the writing, the storytelling, are magnificent. This country has a dark history of what it's willing to do to black bodies, and Rivers Solomon lays that truth bare in a most unexpected, absolutely brilliant way.' ROXANE GAY

Chosen as a 'Book of the Month' in the Guardian
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A triumphant, genre-bending novel, following a y oung woman through a nightmarish yet recognisable landscape as she attempts to create a new life for herself and her children.

Vern, a hunted woman alone in the woods, gives birth to twins and raises them away from the influence of the outside world. But something is wrong - not with them, but with her own body. It's changing, it's stronger, it's not normal.

To understand her body's metamorphosis, Vern must investigate the secluded religious compound from which she fled and the violent history of dehumanisation, medical experimentation and genocide that produced it. In the course of reclaiming her own darkness, Vern learns that monsters aren't just individuals, but entire histories, systems and nations.

Rivers Solomon's Sorrowland is a memorable work of Gothic fiction that wrestles with the tangled history of racism in America and the marginalisation of society's undesirables. It is a searing, seminal book that marks the arrival of a bold, unignorable voice in American fiction.
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'Joyful and wildly entertaining' Guardian

'Dark, magical, and incredibly satisfying' Independent

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781529118735
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 473 g
Dimensions: 223 x 141 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A fantastical, fierce reckoning ... Sorrowland is gorgeous, and the writing, the storytelling, are magnificent. This country has a dark history of what it's willing to do to black bodies, and Rivers Solomon lays that truth bare in a most unexpected, absolutely brilliant way. -- Roxane Gay
Sorrowland is a wonderland of fantastical and frightening, magical and real. At the centre of this world and leaping off the page is Vern: unstoppable, unforgettable, and unlike anyone you have ever seen before. -- Marlon James, Booker Prize-winning author
Dark, magical, and incredibly satisfying, Sorrowland is a fantastical tale that grapples with America's history of racism and marginalised communities ... This gripping gender-bending yarn from UK-based American author Rivers Solomon is yet another fine offering from Stormzy's #Merky Books. -- Emily Pennink * Independent *
An exhilarating journey to the outer limits of science fiction, steeped in the southern gothic tradition and grounded in the physical and social realities of being poor, powerless, black and female in America ... A furious, justified anger drives this novel, drawing on the US history of racial oppression, but it's also joyful and wildly entertaining. * Guardian *
Vivid and gut-wrenching * SFX *

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“Intriguing and thought provoking”

An intriguing, magic realism novel that explores the dark history of the United States and the harm that it has done to Black and Native American people. Vern escapes the compound of the commune she was born into so... More

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Celina Meza

“A stunning blend of horror and fantasy”

This was a powerful read. A stunning blend of horror and fantasy that created the perfect gothic atmosphere.

The writing blew me away, but I did read at a very slow pace to make sure I took everything in. There are... More

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“Utterly gripping and stunningly constructed”

This was such a multi-layered and utterly engrossing book featuring one of the most memorable protagonists I have ever read. We follow Vern, a 15 year old pregnant girl as she escapes from 'Cainland' - a... More

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