Andromeda Klein's life basically sucks. The mom is an overbearing wreck, the dad a washed-up paranoiac musician. Her best friend and cohort in magick is dead, and sending her cryptic text messages from beyond. Her boyfriend has vanished and, worst of all, the 'friends' of the public library are purging all of her favorite books - arcane tomes of spells and magick history she can not possibly afford to replace. To top it off, her dreams and tarot readings seem to be literally manifesting in the world around her, in strange and terrifying ways.
There are many things to love about Andromeda Klein. Portman's attention to detail - deities, tarot lore, magick spells - makes the occult intimate and familiar, like you've always known it, forgot it for awhile, and are now remembering it; the tangible angst, well-balanced with the hope for a little peace and quiet; and, most of all (for me, at least) Andromeda's malformed inner ear bones that lead to gut-busting misinterpretations of what has actually been said. This book is awesome, and you should totally read it. -- Grant Outerbridge
Andromeda Klein has a few problems.
Her hair is kind of horrible.
Her partner-in-occultism, Daisy, is dead.
Her secret, estranged, much older and forbidden boyfriend-in-theory, has gone AWOL.
And her mother has learned how to text.
In short, things couldn't get much worse. Until they do. Daisy seems to be attempting to make contact from beyond, books are starting to disappear from the library, and then, strangely and suddenly, Andromeda's tarot readings are beginning to predict events with bizarrely literal accuracy.
Omens are everywhere. Dreams; swords; fires; hidden cards; lost, broken, and dead cell phones . . . and what is Daisy trying to tell her?
In the ensuing struggle of neutral versus evil, it's Andromeda Klein against the world, modern society, demonic forces, and the "friends" of the library.
From Frank Portman, author of King Dork, comes another unique literary experience. Andromeda Klein is dark, funny, smart, and entirely unforgettable.
About the Author
Frank Portman (aka Dr. Frank) is also the author of King Dork and the singer/songwriter/guitarist of the influential East Bay punk band the Mr. T. Experience (MTX). MTX has released about a dozen albums since forming in the mid-1980s. Frank lives in Oakland, California. You can visit him online at frankportman.com.
Praise for Andromeda Klein…
Starred Review, Booklist, August 1, 2009:
"With impish prose and ridiculously researched detail, Portman fully fleshes a one-of-a-kind character."