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William Morrow announces American Gods

From One of Today's Most Imaginative Writers Comes An Epic Exploration of the Soul of America

"Ambitious, gloriously funny, and oddly heartwarming... A magical mystery tour through the mythologies of all cultures, a unique and moving love story, and another winner for the phenomenally gifted, consummately reader-friendly Gaiman."

If you have read Neil Gaiman you already know how talented he is. If you haven't, prepare to have your mind blown. AMERICAN GODS (William Morrow; On Sale June 19) is one of the most original and expansively imaginative novels you will ever read.

His vivid and evocative book takes a unique approach to exploring the contemporary conflict between the old gods, the myriad divinities whose origins and personalities are as diverse as those who brought them here, and today's golden calves of technology and consumerism.

British-born Gaiman has dug far beneath the shiny surface of contemporary America to reveal its blood, guts, heart and soul. He has crafted a novel mythic in dimension and heroic in spirit.

The story begins when Shadow, just released from a three-year prison term, finds out his beloved young wife, Laura, has been killed in a car crash. On the way to her funeral, he meets an unusual businessman who calls himself Wednesday, and who offers him a vague, yet enticing job. But no sooner does Shadow reluctantly accept than he finds himself swept along on a journey through the heart of the country, a trip that takes him to places strange yet familiar, and where he meets people as weird, welcoming and threatening as America itself.

Gaiman illuminates Shadow's story with episodes from America's past and present, insightfully depicting some of those who came, and still come, to this country - willingly or not - and the gods that consoled or fortified them until their believers decided they were no longer needed. The gods, however, didn't always agree...

AMERICAN GODS is a book of danger and secrets, of romance and magic. It is a thought-provoking, unforgettable novel that is haunting and immediate.

Released concurrently in new trade paperback editions from HarperPerennial are Gaiman's earlier books, Stardust and Smoke and Mirrors.

PerfectBound, the e-book imprint of HarperCollins, will publish AMERICAN GODS -- as well as Stardust, Smoke and Mirrors, and Gaiman's first novel, Neverwhere, on July 3, 2001. The e-books will be available in Gemstar, MS Reader, and Adobe EBR formats.

Neil Gaiman is acclaimed as the award-winning creator/writer of DC Comics' Sandman series, called by Norman Mailer "a comic strip for intellectuals, and I say it's about time." With Terry Pratchett he co-wrote the international bestseller Good Omens, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Terry Gilliam. His 6-part TV series for the BBC, Neverwhere, was broadcast in 1996, and in 1998 he wrote the English-language script for Miyazaki's record-breaking Japanese film Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke), which was released by Miramax in 1999. His first book for children, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, illustrated by his long-time artistic collaborator Dave McKean, was listed by Newsweek as one of the best Children's Books of 1997. He has won numerous international awards and is beloved by readers world-wide.