American Gods: Author's Perferred Text (Paperback)

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After a stint in prison, all Shadow wants is to go home to his wife Laura and live in peace.  On the day he's released he gets a rude awakening--his wife has passed away and the life he used to lead is in ruins.  Free and alone, Shadow finds himself pulled in a world of gods and deities simmering just beneath the surface of modern-day America when he is employed by the mysterious Mr. Wednesday. American Gods is a thoughtful, fascinating meditation on America at both its most intimate and most epic scale. IF YOU LIKE: mythology, modern fantasy, road trips, immigration stories, and twist endings!  --Brooke

— From Staff Picks: Brooke Jaffe


Since it was first published, American Gods became an instant classic. 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.

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 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 a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

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.

Praise For…

American Gods is sexy, thrilling, dark, funny and poetic."
-Teller, of Penn & Teller

“Original, engrossing, and endlessly inventive; a picaresque journey across America where the travelers are even stranger than the roadside attractions.”
-George R. R. Martin

"American Gods is like a fast run downhill through a maze -- both exhilarating and twisted."
-Jane Lindskold, author of Changer and

“Gaiman understands the shape of stories.”
-Patrick Rothfuss,

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062080233
ISBN-10: 0062080237
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: February 5th, 2013
Pages: 541
Language: English