Victor LaValle – Lucretia and the Kroons

After a slow start of Lucretia and the Kroons telling the story of a a children’s party, where one girlfriend is missing because she has contracted cancer. Loochie learns about The Kroons, once neighbours on the 6th floor in the same appartment building. The Kroons were crackheads and turned to cruelties. Having played with wigs and a cigarette Loochie applies make-up and thinks she’s Lucretia. Is she dreaming or is it real, when she climbs the fire escape of her Queens appartment building and crawls into the 6D appartment herself, finding The Kroons alive and kicking. An adventurous shadowland journey starts. Monsters, horror playgrounds and loosing all that you love. This metaphor of the devastating effects of cancer may serve coping with this disease better at younger age, but as an adult this novella doesn’t have that much magic.

About the author

Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, three novels, The EcstaticBig Machine, and The Devil in Silver, and an ebook only novella, Lucretia and the Kroons. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers’ Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the key to Southeast Queens.
He was raised in Queens, New York. He now lives in Washington Heights with his wife and son. He teaches at Columbia University. He can be kind of hard to reach, but he still loves you.

I received a review copy from the publisher through Librarything.