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American Gods

(2000)
(The first book in the American Gods series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Nebula Awards Best Novel
Bram Stoker Best Novel
Hugo Best Novel
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Book (nominee)
World Fantasy Best Novel (nominee)
British Science Fiction Association Best Novel (nominee)
After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the days, then the hours, then the hours, then the seconds until his release tick away, he can feel a storm building. Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in apparently adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr Wednesday claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But they are being pursued by someone with whom Shadow must make his peace... Disturbing, gripping and profoundly strange, Neil Gaiman's epic new novel sees him on the road to finding the soul of America.

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Praise for this book

"American Gods manages to reinvent, and to reassert, the enduring importance of fantastic literature in this late age of the world. Dark fun, and nourishing to the soul." - Michael Chabon


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