What happened to the gods that people worshiped in their homelands after they moved to America? Well, the gods appeared in America as well. What happened when belief waned in those gods? Some faded, some died, some were forgotten forever, and some try to survive in a country full of new gods of the media and internet age. How do the new gods and old gods get along with one another? To put it mildly, a war is about to start.
Shadow, a man just released from prison, who whiles away the time by performing coin tricks, is approached by a strange man named Wednesday. Wednesday offers him a job, which hurtles Shadow squarely into this world of gods about to go to war. The storm is coming and all parties are very interested in Shadow. I can’t describe much more without giving too much away, but Shadow’s journey takes him all over the United States.
This book was terrific. So terrific, that I originally spelled the word with three r’s. I’m a fan of Neil Gaiman to begin with and American Gods does not disappoint. I am eager now to read Anansi Boys.
Review by Jessica A.