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Lucretia and the Kroons (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
|Length: 100 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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The eNovella stands alone as a great bargain, a hundred pages of absolutely top-flight writing:
"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."
The door in question is in her own apartment building, just upstairs, actually:
"'They were monsters,'" Louis said with some satisfaction. He spoke like a veteran recalling war. 'We had a family of crackheads in this building,' he said, trying to sound nonchalant because he seemed to know that would only scare her more.'...
"'On the sixth floor: 6D. Why do you think everyone is so afraid of that place? The Kroons. That was the family name. Mother, father, five sons, and a daughter. Every single one was a crackhead. I never took the elevator when I was young because one or two of those Kroons would ride the elevator, day and night, just looking for a kid to get on the elevator alone. They'd rob him for whatever he had. Sometimes they did worse.Read more ›
I believed Lucretia's world, even when it broke from reality, or *maybe* broke from reality. I believed Lucretia believed everything, and I remembered what it felt like to be a young and sensitive girl in a big, sometimes scart, city. (In my case, Detroit.) The setting of this book incorporates the best and the worst of urban life -- the wondrous and the gritty, and is seen through the eyes of a child learning that the world is a dangerous place, even for children. (Perhaps especially for children.)
I think there is also something interesting to be said about perception being reality. Whether Lucretia's experiences are objectively real or not doesn't matter; all of this is *real to her,* and so it's all real to the reader.
Mr. LaValle has a wonderful instinct for storytelling, and I found myself in the happy situation of the language and plot flowing so smoothly that I floated along, never noticing how far I had drifted from the shore, or -- perhaps more accurately -- how deep into the park I'd wandered with Loochie!
(I'm about 6% into Devil in Silver, and enjoying it quite a bit!)
This was an interesting horror story, but it isn't essential to a reading of "The Devil in Silver", and it wasn't nearly as good as that very enjoyable novel.
Once Loochie enters apartment 6D, she finds herself face-to-face with one of the Kroons. Monsters that are notorious for taking children and burning them. Freeing herself, she runs deeper into the apartment only to find herself in a park, complete with grass, tall trees and even a playground. Running for her life and trying to make sense of her surroundings, Loochie is focused on finding Sunny who she knows is far to weak from her treatments to survive. Imagine Loochie's surprise when Sunny is the one to find her with the help of an unexpected friend.
Lucretia and the Kroons is a well-written short story that is ultimately a story about love and learning to deal with loss. Victor LaValle does a wonderful job showing the reader the emotions Loochie is going through and the ways that she learns to deal with her loss.
This story is listed as a horror but I would personally classify it as a dark fantasy instead because I found the dark elements rather tame to be a horror.
I received a copy of Lucretia and the Kroons via NetGalley when asked by Random House Publishing for an honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book showed the fear of death and life and also the joy and friendship of the same. It was well written with scary monsters and including death of a child, can be looked at a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
I read this after reading The Devil in Silver because I was interested in Loochie's story. It takes the reader inside Loochie's head where an absolute horror story resides. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Verna Stallone
I'll start off by saying this is not the type of book that I normally read. However I'm trying to work through some of my collection and this was next up. Read morePublished 11 months ago by M. Rogers
Strange book. Silly me, I kept on reading the book thinking it would get better and unfortunately, it did not.Published on August 20, 2013 by dm
Lucretia and the Kroons is a book I actually read last year. Due to its entirely bizarre plot and my feelings being in a state of confusion I chose to not review the book at the... Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by Kristin @Blood,Sweat and Books
I have to say that this one was not for me. Nothing against the book or the author but I just didn't gel with it. Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by J Juckes
The thing that sticks with me most after reading this is--language! I bought this after I read about it on an adolescent website but there is no way this book should be read by... Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by CC Thomas
I hope Lavalle continues to write prequels for all the characters in his novel "The Devil In Silver". Read morePublished on April 27, 2013 by Dawn
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