A triumphant, genre-bending novel, following a young woman through a nightmarish yet recognisable landscape as she attempts to create a new life for herself and her children.
“A wonderland of fantastical and frightening, magical and real.” Marlon James
“A fantastical, fierce reckoning… Sorrowland is gorgeous.” Roxanne Gay
“Dark, magical and incredibly satisfying.” Independent
“An exhilarating journey to the outer limits of science fiction.” Guardian.
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 itching, it’s stronger, it’s… not normal.
To understand her body’s metamorphosis, Vern must investigate not just the secluded religious compound she fled but the violent history of dehumanization, 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.
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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