Colonization, Horror, and Culture: Lone Women by Victor LaValle

Release Date: March 28, 2023
Publisher: One World
Genre: Historical fantasy


Adelaide Henry carries an enormous steamer trunk with her wherever she goes. It’s locked at all times. Because when the trunk opens, people around Adelaide start to disappear.

The year is 1915, and Adelaide is in trouble. Her secret sin killed her parents, forcing her to flee California in a hellfire rush and make her way to Montana as a homesteader. Dragging the trunk with her at every stop, she will become one of the “lone women” taking advantage of the government’s offer of free land for those who can tame it–except that Adelaide isn’t alone. And the secret she’s tried so desperately to lock away might be the only thing that will help her survive the harsh territory.

Crafted by a modern master of magical suspense, Lone Women blends shimmering prose, an unforgettable cast of adventurers who find horror and sisterhood in a brutal landscape, and a portrait of early-twentieth-century America like you’ve never seen. And at its heart is the gripping story of a woman desperate to bury her past–or redeem it.

Once in a blue moon you encounter a book that feels like it was tailor made to you specifically. It’s written by an author you love in a genre you are obsessed with and with characters and a premise that make you shiver with anticipation. It’s the kind of book where just hearing the elevator pitch makes you slam the preorder button. Where it’s not a matter of whether or not you’ll like it but how much of your personality it’s going to become when you finally finish it. For me, that book is Victor LaValle’s new historical horror novel Lone Women

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