Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff, is:
A novel of Jim Crow America that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.
Chicago, 1954. When his father goes missing, twenty-two-year-old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his uncle George—publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide—and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Samuel Braithwhite—heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus's ancestors—they encounter both the mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours.
Lovecraft's mythos seems like it would dovetail quite terrifyingly with the Jim Crow era; I cannot wait to see how Ruff connects the two.
Yes, I know; I've bought another book before finishing the one I already had *coughsCursedChildcoughs* but Shog's work week has been hell, and we've not yet had time to pick the play back up. I suppose that I could, but it's been fun reading together. *is impatiently patient*
I'm currently reading Anne of Green Gables to the kids at the library. Making me happy: the little boys are just as interested in it as are the little girls. Making me happiest: the kids are actually listening to an "ancient" book!
Expected reaction: The tittering I heard when Anne asks, "Marilla . . . do you think that I
shall ever have a bosom friend in Avonlea?" The kids definitely have opinions on the matter of bosom friendship. ;P