"A wonderland of fantastical and frightening, magical and real." Marlon James
"A fantastical, fierce reckoning... Sorrowland is gorgeous." Roxanne Gay
"Dark, magical and incredibly satisfying." Independent
"An exhilarating journey to the outer limits of science fiction." Guardian.
Vern, a hunted woman alone in the woods, gives birth to twins and raises them
away from the influence of the outside world. But something is wrong - not with
them, but with her own body. It's changing, it's itching, it's stronger, it's... not
To understand her body's metamorphosis, Vern must investigate not just the
secluded religious compound she fled but the violent history of dehumanization,
medical experimentation, and genocide that produced it. In the course of
reclaiming her own darkness, Vern learns that monsters aren't just individuals,
but entire histories, systems, and nations.
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