Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Fat Charlie Nancy's normal life ended the moment his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn't know his dad was a god. And he never knew he had a brother.
Now brother Spider's on his doorstep—about to make Fat Charlie's life more interesting . . . and a lot more dangerous.
I've read others by Neil Gaiman and always enjoyed them. This one was chosen for our sixth round of the book club that I'm a part of. As we heard from Catherine, one of my book club members, a Neil Gaiman book is meant to be concentrated on. You can't keep putting it down and picking it up. It loses its magic that way. The best way to really enjoy a Neil Gaiman book is to find a day with no plans and just plow right through it.
There are a myriad of main characters, the foremost being Fat Charlie Nancy, a good, normal American-born British guy with a tiny bit of whiny emo in him, that drove me bonkers for the first part of the book. He's got a lovely fiance, Rosie, who isn't sure if she loves Charlie, or just how mad her own mother is over their romance... And then the unthinkable happens. Charlie's dad passes away. This starts Charlie on the path to meeting his long-lost brother and learning things about himself that he never knew, and wasn't sure he wanted to know in the first place.
I really riveting read. Lots of interesting characters and transitions between telling Charlie's tale and the tales of Anansi, the spider God and how he came to have The Stories. I recommend the book completely, but then I'm not sure you can go wrong with a Niel Gaiman.