American Gods by Neil Gaiman
By Lindsay Roseberry, Reference Librarian
Shadow Moon, just released from prison, accepts a job from a shady character named Mr. Wednesday, and becomes involved in a battle for America. The gods from the old world, who came to America with emigrants from all over the globe, are fighting for prominence against the new gods of technology, which they see as ruling over American life. As Shadow gets pulled further into the struggle, he ends up on a very strange road trip, meeting gods from all over, trying to figure out what is really going on.
American Gods is an interestingly layered book with the battle of the Gods theme utilized to tell multiple shorter stories as Shadow travels in America on his job. There are several vignettes and short stories of varying lengths about the deities as they have coped with the changing times that will delight readers with humor and chills. Shadow has his own story as the hero of the book who goes from tragedy to triumph.
Mr. Gaiman, who now lives in the United States, won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for this novel. Last year he received the Newbery, Carnegie, Audie, and Hugo Awards for his novel The Graveyard Book.