Lapvona

A Novel

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Publisher Description

An Instant New York Times Bestseller!

Lapvona flips all the conventions of familial and parental relations, putting hatred where love should be or a negotiation where grief should be . . . Through a mix of witchery, deception, murder, abuse, grand delusion, ludicrous conversations, and cringeworthy moments of bodily disgust, Moshfegh creates a world that you definitely don’t want to live in, but from which you can’t look away.” The Atlantic

In a village in a medieval fiefdom buffeted by natural disasters, a motherless shepherd boy finds himself the unlikely pivot of a power struggle that puts all manner of faith to a savage test, in a spellbinding novel that represents Ottessa Moshfegh’s most exciting leap yet


Little Marek, the abused and delusional son of the village shepherd, never knew his mother; his father told him she died in childbirth. One of life’s few consolations for Marek is his enduring bond with the blind village midwife, Ina, who suckled him when he was a baby, as she did so many of the village’s children. Ina’s gifts extend beyond childcare: she possesses a unique ability to communicate with the natural world. Her gift often brings her the transmission of sacred knowledge on levels far beyond those available to other villagers, however religious they might be. For some people, Ina’s home in the woods outside of the village is a place to fear and to avoid, a godless place. 
 
Among their number is Father Barnabas, the town priest and lackey for the depraved lord and governor, Villiam, whose hilltop manor contains a secret embarrassment of riches. The people’s desperate need to believe that there are powers that be who have their best interests at heart is put to a cruel test by Villiam and the priest, especially in this year of record drought and famine. But when fate brings Marek into violent proximity to the lord’s family, new and occult forces upset the old order. By year’s end, the veil between blindness and sight, life and death, the natural world and the spirit world, will prove to be very thin indeed.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2022
June 21
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
2.3
MB

Customer Reviews

CrisAngi ,

Not really scary as I was told…

From previous editors, they said it was off putting and scary. So as I was reading, there was gore and definitely dark times. But if your looking for horror there is none in this book. There is truly no plot either, just a downhill slide of grotesque and depressing events. But fortunately, I must say that it was a good read because the writer knew how to draw people in. *Like with the cover, made me think there’d be demonic lambs or something, nahhhh fam*

Isaac_Pup ,

Wild

This book was dizzyingly heinous. I found it grotesque but I couldn't look away. Ottessa has a way of writing the most despicable people in a sustained air of un-relatable gory nonchalance that I find thrilling.

aenichol ,

What was this even about?

Poorly written and plotless. I kept thinking a plot would be forthcoming, but one never did.

Honestly probably one of the worst books I’ve ever read.

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