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A New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the 2002 Hugo Award for Best Novel
Winner of the 2002 Nebula Award for Best Novel
Winner of the 2002 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel
Nominated for the 2002 World Fantasy Award
Nominated for the 2002 International Horror Guild Award
Nominated for the 2002 British Fantasy Award
Winner of the 2002 Locus Award for Fantasy
Nominated for the 2002 Mythopoeic Award
A USA Today Bestseller
Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
An Audie® Award Finalist in 2012
First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic—an intellectual and artistic benchmark from a multiple award–winning master of innovative fiction. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this tenth anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author’s preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.
A storm is coming…
Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.
But just days before his release, both Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does.
Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined—it is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. Along the way Shadow will learn that the past never dies; that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, legends, and myths are more real than we know. Ultimately, he will discover that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path.
Relevant and prescient, American Gods has been lauded for its brilliant synthesis of “mystery, satire, sex, horror, and poetic prose” (Washington Post Book World) and as a modern phantasmagoria that “distills the essence of America” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). It is, quite simply, an outstanding work of literary imagination that will endure for generations.
“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, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
“Pointed, occasionally comic, often scary, consistently moving and provocative…American Gods is strewn with secrets and magical visions. They cast a spell over anyone who has wondered why the world never seems quite the way one thinks it should be. It is powerful and gripping.”USA Today
“Provocative yet fun…Gaiman has applied his vast breadth of knowledge about all things mythological to a truly high concept…American Gods works because of Gaiman’s singular control over the proceedings, his nimble and intelligent voice, and his gift for painting spectacle and splashing big themes across his canvas.”Entertainment Weekly
“American Gods is a juicily original melding of archaic myth with the slangy, gritty, melancholy voice of America’s great cultural inventions—the hard-boiled detective…The melting pot has produced stranger cocktail, but few that are as tasty.”Salon
“Ambitious, gloriously funny, and oddly heartwearming…A magical mystery tour through the mythologies of all cultures, a unique and moving love story—and another winner for the phenomenally gifted, consummately reader-friendly Gaiman.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The fascinating subject matter and impressive mythic scope are handled creatively and expertly…Compellingly imaginative. Highly recommended.”Library Journal