Without a doubt LoveCraft Country is my favorite book, I’ve read this year. I read and listened to this book in the span of 3 days. Matt Ruff’s writing is sophisticated and naturally flows. There was a certain air to his writing that made the novel purposeful. Matt Ruff as a white male author does an extraordinary job writing Black characters.
Romance books have gotten me through quarantine. I usually don’t read romance. Many times it’s the typical archetypes and tropes. However, Beast was a welcome distraction and palette cleanser from all the heavy non-fiction books I have been reading.
Carty-Williams explores dating, anxiety and racism through the eyes of a modern-day Jamaican Brit, and she does it with a sense of humor and does not shy away from making the reader uncomfortable. Queenie constantly overshares at inappropriate moments, has dating disasters, and her badass girlfriends are just some of the sources of enjoyment in the book.
As a librarian, I am passionate about giving people information and encourage people to make informed decisions on any subject. However this subject is home it is where I live. Reading is so powerful. Once you are done reading take action. Please Vote, write your elected officials at all levels of government, and protest in the safest way possible.