I loved The Alchemy of Stone when I read it last year, so was excited to pick up Sedia’s previous book. It did not disappoint.
Set in 90s Moscow, it uses Russian folklore as allegory for the changes occurring in Russian society during that time. As someone who both loves folklore and sociological analysis—this was fantastic. On top of it was Sedia’s really solid writing and a really great female protagonist (for me, largely because she was so confused, messed up etc. versus being a strong figure).
I wish I could find a similar book for America, and yes, I’ve read Gaiman’s American Gods, it is not entirely what I’m after.
Either way, this is short, as all the notes on books I love tend to be. I sincerely recommend Sedia’s previous book—her next book, The House of Discarded Dreams, is due out by summer and I’m definitely looking forward to it. I need to dig up her first, According to Crow, at some point as well.