Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #94: Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. 

This week the book I am waiting on is Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. It's due out October 20, 2015 from Harper Perennial.

The synopsis from the publisher: 
From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find matter where we live.

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked "KING CITY" by a mysterious man in a tan jacket holding a deer skin suitcase. Everything about him and his paper unsettles her, especially the fact that she can't seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and that no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City and the man in the tan jacket before she herself unravels.

Night Vale PTA treasurer Diane Crayton's son, Josh, is moody and also a shape shifter. And lately Diane's started to see her son's father everywhere she goes, looking the same as the day he left years earlier, when they were both teenagers. Josh, looking different every time Diane sees him, shows a stronger and stronger interest in his estranged father, leading to a disaster Diane can see coming, even as she is helpless to prevent it.

Diane's search to reconnect with her son and Jackie's search for her former routine life collide as they find themselves coming back to two words: "KING CITY". It is King City that holds the key to both of their mysteries, and their futures...if they can ever find it.

Why am I waiting on it? It sounds interesting to me. Looks like a sort of Urban Fantasy book. It seems to be attempting to do what some of the best books do, have the characters experience personal growth as part of the story. I've added it to my TBR list since I love Urban Fantasy, and I am hoping it will echo also books like Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris and Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore. The description of the mysterious man reminds me of a trick Coyote might play. 

What book are you waiting on this week? Please share a link or the title in the comments so we can check it out. Happy Reading!

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