Good morning! I stayed up through the wee hours of the morning to finish this one - the second book I finished during the #readthon. I'm quite sure about my feelings for this one, and sleep really didn't offer any clarity.
Apollo Kagwa is the son of a single mother, an immigrant from Uganda. His father abandoned him when he was young, which still impacts adult Apollo who can't shake his dreams about the father he didn't get to know but who looms large in his life. Apollo meets and falls head over heels in love with Emma Valentine. They start their own little family when they welcome baby Brian into the world in dramatic fashion. Everything is sunshine and roses until Emma starts to pull away from the baby and then commits an act of violence so grievous, and then disappears. This begins Apollo's quest for the truth. He needs his own clarity!
This is a story about love - romantic, parental, and the bond between friends. It's a mystery, it's a horror novel. It offers commentary on racism, immigration, the challenges of parenting, and sexism. It pulls you into a fairy tale world but reminds you of the grit and dirt of the real world. This book is a lot of things - almost too much. But I couldn't put it down. I listened to the audio version. I might pick it up in print later because I'm sure this is the kind of book where you want to get lost in the authors prose.
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