The book might be even more interesting to us because of its protagonist (see the description below):
Spike Darbyfield emotionally invests in only two things: her younger sister, Margie, and higher-end Japanese anime series. From others in her family, and from her colleagues, clientele, and most of humanity, Spike maintains an ironic or contemptuous detachment. When an Iraqi militant group kidnaps her sister while Margie is working for a human rights organization in Iraq, the crisis creates openings in the armor Spike built around her psyche over the years, allowing those who care about her to begin relating to her, and her to them, in different ways.
The book is a compelling read. In addition to anime playing a major role in the story, Kern tackles Christianity with open eyes, as her characters are unafraid to condemn what they see as hypocrisy. At times, it becomes uncomfortable - in a good way.
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