#BookReview: The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

Wednesday, January 16, 2019


Author: Victor LaValle
Published: February 16, 2016
Format: eBook (NOOK)
Genre: Literary  Fiction | Horror

This book is something else and I mean that in a good way.

Charles Thomas Tester aka Black Tom finds himself caught up in the world of supernatural events while trying to hustle enough money so that he can take care of himself and his ailing father.

What happens after Black Tom delivers a mysterious book to a seemly elderly white woman and then taking the job of playing the guitar for a rich white mans dinner party...it all goes awry. Tom finds himself recruited into the supernatural without permission, then being provoked into being the very monster that the world has proclaimed him to be and the people who "assumed" he was some ignorant willful negro learn way to late that Black Tom is surely the boogie man they fashioned him to be.

Set around race in 1924 Harlem New York, Mr. LaValle our author weaves a brilliant story while interlacing themes of horror and macabre. I was totally invested in Black Tom's world, his daily hustle to him being drawn into the world of magic as he seeks IMO revenge against the grave injustice shown towards himself and his family.

The Ballad of Black Tom is enthralling and my gawd...perfection. Cleverly done Mr. LaValle and I'm anxiously looking forward to reading more of his works.

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