A skilled and intricately drawn portrait of the fraught emotions and imaginations of the parents and village when a little boy, Lanny, disappears. Like wandering ghouls, people’s worst fears, prejudices and potty ideas take shape, in the agonizing days waiting and searching for the boy. These ghouls prey even on the reputation of Lanny, a whimsical and creative child, who walks to the time of a different drum - always a dangerous past-time. And the Green Man arises, in a different guise. Beautifully written, with an immediacy that is stunning.
I laughed, I cried, I loved this book. Lanny is a beautifully drawn character, and mixed with the other characters, seems to create a conglomeration that Toothwort mirrors. I felt this book, as opposed to reading it. Thank you Max Porter.