"If the literary gods mixed together Haruki Murakami and Ralph Ellison, the result would be Victor LaValle."
—Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See
"A dark fairy tale of New York, full of magic and loss, myth and mystery, love and madness. The Changeling is a mesmerizing, monumental work."
—Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings
"Like a good Coen brothers film, this genre-defying, achingly literate phantasmagoria of a novel will work every nook and cranny of the imagination, taking the reader to places we're either too afraid to visit or never knew existed."
—Paul Beatty, author of The Sellout
"Absolutely compelling, completely thrilling, The Changeling overflows with menace, wonder, and beauty."
—Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble
"This year, the most unsettling novel I read, the scariest novel I read, and the most beautiful novel I read were all the same one—Victor LaValle's The Changeling. A father who loses his wife and child in an act of horror must hunt them into metaphorical hell to get them back again. This story feels less written, than channeled. I say this without exaggeration: It's a masterpiece."
—Mat Johnson, author of Pym and Loving Day
"LaValle has a knack for blending social realism with genre tropes, and this blend of horror story and fatherhood fable is surprising and admirably controlled. . . . LaValle has successfully delivered a tale of wonder and thoughtful exploration of what it means to be a parent. A smart and knotty merger of horror, fantasy, and realism."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)