* Nate Rich, The Daily Beast
When I was a kid I was in the chorus for my elementary school’s performance of “The H.M.S. Pinafore,” which was kind of cool because I got to dress like a pirate and kind of not cool because I still can’t get those awful Gilbert + Sullivan songs out of my head and sometimes just bellow one out at odd moments (every moment you bellow out a Gilbert + Sullivan song is an odd moment). In fact, one such moment just occurred when I stopped to consider that S&G is going to publish TWO works by Victor LaValle this year: THE DEVIL IN SILVER,a full-length novel just chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of their top ten literary picks for the fall (“a mix of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST and DANTE’S INFERNO” — what, you’re not going to read *that*? You’re reading something better? C’mon son!) and a new, bonus, out-of-the-clear-blue-sky prequel e-only novella called LUCRETIA AND THE KROONS, which, well, here’s a paragraph plucked at random:
“The door here was dirty and hung by only the bottom hinge. The door was shut, the room was dark, but from inside Loochie heard the flapping of wings. Dozens of small wings. Or could it be hundreds? As if all the pigeons in Queens had come to this apartment, to that decrepit room, to roost. At least she hoped they were pigeons in there. She couldn’t see. But if she’d had any thoughts of hiding out in that room she let them go.”
It’s a girl’s scary quest to rescue her best friend from the upside-down nightmare world found in the top-floor apartment of a Queens tenement. It’s brilliant and scary and will make you cry. Why not read it? And it’s $.99. WHAT? That’s right, 30k words for less than a buck. Preorder now, on sale 7/23. And then you’ll be ready for DEVIL IN SILVER come August.
Oh joy, oh rapture unforeseen
The sky is all ablaze!