Lucretia and the Kroons by Victor LaValle

Lucretia, a 12-year-old girl living in the projects in Queens, just wants to spend her birthday with her best friend, but the boarded up apartment on the top floor might be inhabited by people who have a different plan for the girls.

Scary, smart, beautiful, haunting, powerful, resonant–can I please have a few more adjectives of praise to apply to this fabulous novella? Victor LaValle might be the most exciting contemporary writer I can think of. He is endlessly imaginative, a brave writer who really doesn’t seem to care about trends or cool or hipster credibility. I loved Lucretia and the Kroons and just can’t wait until his next novel comes out in August.

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