Model Home

A Novel

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Pub Date Oct 01 2024 | Archive Date Nov 01 2024

Description

Welcome to Rivers Solomon's dark and wondrous Model Home, a new kind of haunted-house novel.

The three Maxwell siblings keep their distance from the lily-white gated enclave outside Dallas where they grew up. When their family moved there, they were the only Black family in the neighborhood. The neighbors acted nice enough, but right away bad things, scary things—the strange and the unexplainable—began to happen in their house. Maybe it was some cosmic trial, a demonic rite of passage into the upper-middle class. Whatever it was, the Maxwells, steered by their formidable mother, stayed put, unwilling to abandon their home, terrors and trauma be damned.

As adults, the siblings could finally get away from the horrors of home, leaving their parents all alone in the house. But when news of their parents' death arrives, Ezri is forced to return to Texas with their sisters, Eve and Emanuelle, to reckon with their family’s past and present, and to find out what happened while they were away. It was not a “natural” death for their parents . . . but was it supernatural?

Rivers Solomon turns the haunted-house story on its head, unearthing the dark legacies of segregation and racism in the suburban American South. Unbridled, raw, and daring, Model Home is the story of secret histories uncovered, and of a queer family battling for their right to live, grieve, and heal amid the terrors of contemporary American life.

Welcome to Rivers Solomon's dark and wondrous Model Home, a new kind of haunted-house novel.

The three Maxwell siblings keep their distance from the lily-white gated enclave outside Dallas where they...


A Note From the Publisher

Rivers Solomon writes about life in the margins, where they are much at home. In addition to appearing on the Stonewall Honor List and winning a Firecracker Award, Solomon's debut novel, An Unkindness of Ghosts, was a finalist for Lambda, Hurston/Wright, Otherwise (formerly Tiptree), and Locus Awards. Solomon's second book, The Deep, based on the Hugo-nominated song by the Daveed Diggs–fronted hip-hop group clipping, was the winner of the 2020 Lambda Award and was short-listed for the Nebula, Locus, Hugo, Ignyte, Brooklyn Library Literary, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards. Their work appears in Black Warrior Review, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Guernica, Best American Short Stories, Tor.com, Best American Horror and Dark Fantasy, and elsewhere. A refugee of the transatlantic slave trade, Solomon was born on Turtle Island but currently resides on an isle in an archipelago off the western coast of the Eurasian continent.

Rivers Solomon writes about life in the margins, where they are much at home. In addition to appearing on the Stonewall Honor List and winning a Firecracker Award, Solomon's debut novel, An...


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ISBN 9780374607135
PRICE $28.00 (USD)
PAGES 304

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Twisty, turny, unsettling haunted house novel by the inimitable Rivers Solomon? You know I'm in! This book is deeply queer and deeply frightening, and the way the story unfurls is captivating. I'm a Rivers Solomon fan for life!

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This book was haunting and brilliant. It left me guessing at every turn, I had no idea what was happening, an unreliable narrator? A haunted house? Could it be poison or an abusive parent? I had no idea.

This book explores grief and childhood trauma, racism, sexual assault, and mental illness. It is done so well, Rivers Solomon is so incredibly talented, I have read every single book of theirs, and this, by far, is their best work. I don't want to give any spoilers here, dive right in, and take this journey yourself. The horror unfolds in a way that will throw you for so many loops.

I look forward to having a physical copy in my hands to read again and annotate my every thought on every page. This book just wow...

Thank you NetGalley and FSG for the ARC of this fantastic book.

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