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Susan became a librarian many light years ago and has been reviewing
books ever since. Audiobooks and graphic novels have
expanded her quest to find the best science fiction in Libraryland.
|A podcast by Susan Dunman
When Fat Charlie's father dies while singing at a karaoke bar, his estranged son figures it's just one last
way his dad has managed to embarrass him. After the funeral, Charlie is told by grieving neighbors that his
prank playing, carousing father was not a man, but Anansi, the trickster West African spider god. And,
though he doesn't know it, Charlie has a brother named Spider who inherited all the god-like powers. So
begins an amazing tale of magic, imagination, and myth wrapped up in humor and hi jinks. Lenny Henry
does an exceptional job with a cast of characters ranging from African animal gods to little old
Caribbean ladies to a mother-in-law nightmare. This book is almost impossible to categorize as it
tells a story you simply must hear to fully appreciate. After hearing it, you might even begin to
believe that maybe, just maybe, Anansi, the god of storytelling, really had not two, but three very
clever sons -- Fat Charlie, Spider, and Neil.
Copyright © 2005 Susan Dunman