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First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classicÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âan intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this tenth anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the authorÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢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, Laura and ShadowÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢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 himself.
Life as WednesdayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imaginedÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âit 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 brewingÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âan epic war for the very soul of AmericaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âand that he is standing squarely in its path.
Relevant and prescient, American Gods has been lauded for its brilliant synthesis of ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“mystery, satire, sex, horror, and poetic proseÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â (Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World) and as a modern phantasmagoria that ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“distills the essence of AmericaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). It is, quite simply, an outstanding work of literary imagination that will endure for generations.
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