Thistlefoot centers on siblings Bellatine and Isaac Yaga, who may have inherited mystical powers (and accompanying trauma) from their ancestors, victims and survivors of the Russian anti-Jewish pogroms. This family history is dredged up when they inherit a house with [checks notes] chicken legs. GennaRose Nethercott somehow manages to make that detail feel both incredible and completely within the realm of possibility. What ensues is a weird and thrilling chase across different parts of the country, in a story that mixes fairy tales, road-trip hijinks, and a zombie-like horde of infected humans.
In Bluecadet’s Book Club Slack channel, aka #bcbc. ↩︎