Waiting on Wednesday is held over at Breaking the Spine every week where people share the reads they’re looking forward to. This week mine is Passing Strange
This cover mesmerised me the first time I saw it and still does. It’s hazy, I know, but there’s something magical about it. But, weirdly, also at odds with the blurb:
San Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional. Tourists flock to the cities within the city: the Magic City of the World’s Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion; the forbidden city of Chinatown, a separate, alien world of exotic food and nightclubs that offer “authentic” experiences, straight from the pages of the pulps; and the twilight world of forbidden love, where outcasts from conventional society can meet.
Six women find their lives as tangled with each other’s as they are with the city they call home. They discover love and danger on the borders where mystery, science, and art intersect.
Inspired by the pulps, film noir, and screwball comedy, Passing Strange is a story as unusual and complex as San Francisco itself from World Fantasy Award winning author Ellen Klages.
For a book about being unconventional, it’s an entirely conventional cover. But, it’s also slightly out of focus, you know? Then there’s the authentic experiences from pulp stories and the spaces where the unconventional meet. So how do these six unnamed women fit into all this?
What do you think of Passing Strange? In addition to everything above, it’s the idea of a combination of pulps, film noir AND screwball comedy that grabbed my attention.