Anya's Ghost: "...brilliantly illustrated in a way which makes it impossible not to connect with the characters."
|Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol|
The theme of ghosts in fiction is hardly a new idea and yet the concept behind Anya's Ghost manages to come across as fresh and unique. It's also a creatively concocted story, with lots of cool ideas and twists. I have to admit that when the main twist arrived it took the plot in a direction away from the storyline I expected and hoped for, but within a few pages I was drawn into the story even more and the unexpected developments definitely crank up the intrigue and drama.
The author, Vera Brosgol's, own life mirrors the basic outline behind Anya* in that she was born in Russia but grew up in the US, so that probably helps explain why some of the emotions Anya describes about growing up as a Russian in America and feeling like an outsider, feel so genuine and believable.
* Apart from the bit about the ghost, presumably.