Monday, February 18, 2019

Six of Victor LaValle's favorite recent works

Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, four novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, The Devil in Silver, and The Changeling and two novellas, Lucretia and the Kroons and The Ballad of Black Tom. He is also the creator and writer of a comic book Victor LaValle's DESTROYER.

LaValle is co-editor of A People's Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers.

At The Week magazine he recommended six favorite recent books, including:
The Dark Dark by Samantha Hunt (2017).

Hunt — the author of The Seas, Mr. Splitfoot and The Invention of Everything Else — is one of the finest stylists writing in the English language. The stories in her first collection of short fiction are as sharp, funny, and deeply disturbing as one has come to expect from her. Her imagination is matched by her profound wit, and this book is a recent treasure.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue