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Discussed April 2020
By Matt Ruff
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- Atticus Turner
- Montrose Turner (Atticus's father)
- George Berry (Atticus's uncle, publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide)
- Hippolyta Berry (George's wife)
- Horace Berry (son of George and Hippolyta)
- Ida (woman stranded on Hiram's Planet by Hiram Winthrop)
- Letitia Dandridge (longtime friend of Atticus)
- Ruby Dandridge (Letitia's sister, aka "Hillary Hyde")
- Samuel Braithwhite (head of the Adamite Order of the Ancient Dawn in Massachusetts)
- Caleb Braithwhite (son of Samuel Braithwhite)
Sections of Lovecraft Country:
- "Lovecraft Country" – rescuing Montrose Turner from the Braithwhites
- "Dreams of the Which House" – Letitia and the haunted Winthrop House
- "Abdullah's Book" – the Berry family's Book of Days, Hiram Winthrop's The Book of Names and the "pocket universe" in the Museum of Natural History
- "Hippolyta Disturbs the Universe" – Hippolyta's adventures on Hiram's Planet via the "interplanetary gate" at the Winthrop Observatory in Warlock Hill, Wisc.
- "Jekyll in Hyde Park" – Ruby Dandridge's cross-racial adventures with Caleb Braithwhite and power plays within the Order of the Ancient Dawn
- "The Narrow House" – Montrose meets the Winthrops in another dimension
- "Horace and the Devil Doll" – Horace Berry is threatened by a "devil doll" controlled by Caleb Braithwhite's opponents in the Order of the Ancient Dawn
- "The Mark of Cain" – everyone gets involved in the final battle with the Chicago chapter of the Order of the Ancient Dawn
- What did you like the most about Lovecraft Country? What did you like the least?
- In your opinion, is Lovecraft Country a horror story?
- What did you think about the "inter-locking stories" format of Lovecraft Country?
- How "Lovecraftian" (style and/or content) is Lovecraft Country?
- Compare/contrast Lovecraft Country with Victor LaValle's The Ballad of Black Tom (discussed at the October 2019 book discussion). Do they both "flip" Lovecraft?
- If you are familiar with the actual Negro Travelers' Green Book, what do you think about the way The Safe Negro Travel Guide is depicted in Lovecraft Country?
- This is the second Matt Ruff novel that has been the subject of an LSF Book Discussion. The first was Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls (many years ago). If you have read Set This House in Order, how does it compare with Lovecraft Country?
- Atticus Turner and George Perry often express their interest in classic F&SF and comic books. Do you think this reflects the author's own interests; or do you think that's all "background details"? Have you read any of the authors or books mentioned?
Lovecraft Country Handout