In the spirit world, desire is magic, and nothing is more powerful than freedom
Su Xie (Susie) arrives in America as a mail-order bride at the height of the Jazz Age, and there, she unexpectedly finds freedom. Her would-be-husband dead, she follows Simon to Chicago and his speakeasy.
Simon lets her do whatever she wants, whether that’s owning beautiful things, dolling herself up, being the queen of the dancefloor, even dancing with strangers. All he asks in return is loyalty, and Susie thinks that’s a small price to pay.
Then, one night, she meets Blood.
What is it that is different about dancing with this stranger?
Why does Simon threaten her? Why he’s prepared to destroy his rival to have her?
Back in China, Su Xie knew spirits could walk side by side with men. She thoughts this wasn’t true in America, but Blood is reaping the vail for her. And through that vail, Susie can finally see the real price she’s paying to Simeon.
My intention was to flick through it to make sure it was appropriate to my blog, then head to bed – which I estimated I’d do some 10 minutes later. Instead, I kept turning the pages, not turning in until after midnight…
Ghosts Through the Cracks is a story of gangsters and smokey speakeasies. Of supernatural beings and a bit of romance. But it’s, above all, a story of self-discovery and self-esteem.
It’s the true heart of Dieselpunk, as well as of all the punk genres, to me. Using the past as a filter to look at our own time, our own society, our own fears and hopes.
– Sarah Zama on what is dieselpunk
4 March 2016
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