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When Apollo Kagwa was just a child, his father disappeared, leaving him with recurring nightmares and a box labelled 'Improbabilia'. Now a successful book dealer, Kagwa has a family of his own after meeting and falling in love with Emma, a librarian. The two marry and have a baby: so far so happy-ever-after. However, as the pair settle into their new lives as parents, exhaustion and anxiety start to take their toll. Emma's behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, until one day she commits an unthinkable act, setting Apollo on a wild and fantastical quest through a suddenly otherworldly New York, in search of a wife and child he no longer recognises.

An epic novel for our anxiety-ridden times, The Changeling is a tale of parenthood, love - in its most raw and brutal form - and, ultimately, humanity.

©2019 Victor Lavelle (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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  • Adam
  • 08-23-20

wonderfully engrossing

I haven't read (or listened to) anything else by the author but I loved this. The character's, even the minor ones, felt absolutely real, and their stories were captivating. I haven't read very much that would be similarly classified as this genre-wise but I loved the way the author brought together the mundane (and not so mundane) of parenting, being a child, and a new parent, and a partner, with the otherworldly, the folding of folklore into a contemporary story in such way that doesn't feel awkward or tacky.

The performance by the author was great, very natural, and easy to lose yourself to.

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  • M Dennis
  • 06-01-20

Struggled to finish it

unnecessarily long winded. unconvincing and naive. of course literature is a very individual beast but I have to say I prayed for it to end. the actual characters are good but the story just feels jigsawed, the language naive at points and the narrator a little monotone (audio book). I have a little experience of audio books so I don't think it was solely that. Sorry Mr author.