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Lakewood: A Novel

Lakewood: A Novel


Lakewood: A Novel

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4/5 (157 valoraciones)
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8 horas
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Mar 24, 2020
ISBN:
9780062990334
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Descripción

A startling debut about class and race, Lakewood evokes a terrifying world of medical experimentation—part The Handmaid's Tale, part The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

When Lena Johnson's beloved grandmother dies, and the full extent of the family debt is revealed, the black millennial drops out of college to support her family and takes a job in the mysterious and remote town of Lakewood, Michigan.

On paper, her new job is too good to be true. High paying. No out of pocket medical expenses. A free place to live. All Lena has to do is participate in a secret program—and lie to her friends and family about the research being done in Lakewood. An eye drop that makes brown eyes blue, a medication that could be a cure for dementia, golden pills promised to make all bad thoughts go away.

The discoveries made in Lakewood, Lena is told, will change the world—but the consequences for the subjects involved could be devastating. As the truths of the program reveal themselves, Lena learns how much she's willing to sacrifice for the sake of her family.

Provocative and thrilling, Lakewood  is a breathtaking novel that takes an unflinching look at the moral dilemmas many working-class families face, and the horror that has been forced on black bodies in the name of science.

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Sobre el autor

Megan Giddings is a features editor at The Rumpus, a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books, and a contributing editor at Boulevard. She is a recipient of a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant for feminist fiction. Her short stories have been published in Black Warrior Review, Gulf Coast, and Iowa Review. Megan holds degrees from University of Michigan and Indiana University. She lives in Michigan.


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  • (4/5)
    The narrator seemed to have the same intonation throughout, not my favorite, but the story was great
  • (3/5)
    Very interesting. Don't expect a overly melodramatic ending but it is quite realistic which makes it quite scary. It's more 3 1/2 stars.
  • (3/5)
    Hard to follow at times. Story was a bit long winded
  • (4/5)
    Bone-chilling horror story about a young Black woman joining a “memory experiment” and how things go wrong and how things have been wrong for generations.
  • (4/5)
    Thought provoking, disturbing, overt and covert social commentary about experimentation.
  • (3/5)
    Very slow start. I only kept reading to find out what would happen and was somewhat disappointed.
  • (4/5)
    Very creepy, and such realistic medical horror. If body horror gets you, be careful reading this one - I'm so horrified by tooth related body horror and I was cringing and holding my own mouth in parts because I was so freaked out. I almost wish it was a little longer, I thought the end was good but a little abrupt.
  • (5/5)
    Absolutely haunting read, the events of this book will stay with me forever. Giddings did a superb job capturing the realities of being Black in America, and the horrors that accompany it.
  • (4/5)
    If you love Sci Fi and suspense, this is your book. I was engrossed in the novel from the start. It's a page turner with a beautiful, poignant dialogue. Lena's character was written beautifully. It was refreshing to read a Sci Fi novel with a Black main characters and the nuances of classism and racism. I am now a Megan Giddings fan!
  • (5/5)
    She’s so brave, even when she’s hurt for some foggy good thing. She’s got her grandma inside for wisdom and is giving her mom a shot at being ordinary instead of sick. I wanted someone to say ‘Hon, are you ok? Tell me how it really is.’ But that never happened. Maybe it will. People forget they are human and without this feeling, become heartless. Heartless people can do the cruelest things to other people as part of a procedure. Nobody knows why these things are done to them.

    I feel now, after finishing this book, as if I doubt my own reality. Am I doing horrible things too?
  • (5/5)
    This was excellent, equal parts creepy and haunting. I'm impressed this is a debut.
  • (5/5)

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    Wow, just . . . Wow. My brain can’t quite formulate coherent thoughts when it comes to this book and what it did, the chills it left me with, and the heartbreaking connections I was able to draw to the real world it exists in. This was the first audiobook I’ve listened to in its entirety and I absolutely fell in love with the narrator, the visuals she was able to bring to life with her voice. I’m so glad I had the privilege of reading this book and understanding the message it conveyed about race in America.

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  • (3/5)

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    Although threaded with commentaries that sift through issues bordering on class, race, and sexism, the evident drive that Megan Giddings retained began to fade as the extent of the novel diminished in figures. Even with the fact that it is essentially built on a plot reminiscent of a Jordan Peele film, it left much to be desired. The ambiguous nature of the narrative had reduced it to a meager composition with its bones slightly peeking through. I felt that Giddings was rather relentless in pivoting her work on one portion of the entire picture, and it left a lot of parts that needed securing. Nevertheless, the way that the tone was set throughout the course of the novel was carried out pretty well, and I found it to be a very interesting read. Lakewood had a lot of potential. Once I had read the story that it promised from the summary, I thought that it was going to be a new favorite of mine. Too bad. :(

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  • (2/5)

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    This booked literally dragged it out. I didn’t really become interested until chapter 20 out of the 34.

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