Waiting on Wednesday: Vassa in the Night

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s book: Vassa in the Night

Vassa in the Night Sarah PorterTitle: Vassa in the Night
Author: Sarah Porter
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: September 20, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling away again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair… 

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Thoughts

This book sounds like it’s going to be such a unique read! I am very intrigued by the fact that it is a retelling of a Russian folktale while being set in Brooklyn. I am a big fan of modern retellings, so I’m sure that I am going to enjoy this one.

About Sarah Porter

I write stories that seem to me to be quite true enough for all practical purposes. Among them are VASSA IN THE NIGHT, THE LOST VOICES TRILOGY, and the forthcoming WHEN I CAST YOUR SHADOW and TENTACLE AND WING. Realism makes little sense to me and I experience more truth in the fantastic. I always have new novels underway, both Young Adult and Grownup/ Literary/ Speculative. When not writing my own weird stuff, I can often be found leading creative writing workshops with amazing young NYC public-school writers via Teachers & Writers Collaborative. Or I might be drawing, or gardening, or wandering wraithlike through the streets. I live in Brooklyn, land of mystery, with my awesome husband Todd and our two cats, Jub Jub and Delphine.

10 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: Vassa in the Night

  1. Joyce Linnet says:

    I’m actually super excited about this one too. I love modern retellings, especially when they take place in places that are real but are made fantastical. I was actually going to do this one this week but I decided on a different one but I’m definitely waiting for Vassa in the Night too. Good pick!

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