A stunning debut novel about class and race “reminiscent of Jordan Peele’s terrifying film Get Out” (Essence), that delves fearlessly into diabolical medical experimentation on African Americans.
When her beloved grandmother dies, Lena Johnson drops out of college to help pay off her family’s steep debts. Finding the high-paying job in the mysterious and remote town of Lakewood, Michigan, seems like a dream come true.
Lena is a participant in a secret scientific research program whose experiments could transform the world: an eye drop that turns brown eyes blue, a medication that may cure dementia, golden pills that can make all bad thoughts disappear. But the consequences for the test subjects could be devastating. Then, when the dark truth about the program is revealed, Lena discovers how much she’s willing to sacrifice for the sake of her family
Provocative and thrilling, Lakewood is a riveting, edgy novel that takes an unflinching look at the horrors that have been forced on black bodies in the name of progress.