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Sorrowland Reviews

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon


Rivers Solomon

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Imprint: Merky Books
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publication date: 6 May 2021
ISBN: 9781529118735

Rivers Solomon's 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.

4 stars out of 5
Hephzibah Anderson
18 May 2021

"an electrifying gothic techno-thriller"

Its frame of reference is generous – in some ways, it’s clearly rooted in Afrofuturism, owing plenty to Octavia Butler, but it nods as well to Giovanni’s Room, Robin Hood and folklore from multiple cultures.

Sounds like a lot? It is, and you’ll certainly find extraneous material here, including a motel-room orgy attended by a couple of ghosts. And yet Solomon matches their ambition with a propulsive plot whose intense conviction and sheer vitality make up for any shaky logic where the likes of colonising fungi and resurrections are concerned.