Emer is just a woman living in New York City who takes the subway, buys ice cream from the bodega on the corner, has writerly aspirations, and lives with her boyfriend, Con. But is this life she lives the only path she’s on? Taking inspiration from the myth of Emer and Cuchulain and featuring an all-star cast of mythical figures from all around the world, David Duchovny’s darkly funny fantasy novel Miss Subways is one woman’s trippy, mystical journey down parallel tracks of time and love. On the way, Emer will battle natural and supernatural forces to find her true voice, power, and destiny. A fairy tale of love lost and regained, Miss Subways is also a love letter to the city that enchants us all: New York.
Author: David Duchovny
My Rating: 4/5
My Favourite Quote: “ The first ad that caught her eye was for the ambulance-chaser law firm of Washington, Liebowitz, and Gonzalez, offering lottery-type rewards for heartbreaking diagnosis–$5.3 million for lead poisoning, $6.3 million for rubella, $11.3 million for mesothelioma, and so on. The repetition of the .3 was highly suspect. How could all the crappy diagnosis that might befall you be worth a fortune point three hundred thousand?”
Let me first say, I love The X-Files so when I saw David Duchovny speaking about this book on Colbert I was immediately interested. As it so happens I saw this book in a local bookstore about a week later and I picked it up! Also, I have to say the cover of this book is lovely! It has a transparent dust-jacket with the main photo printed on it, and you can see the actual book with the New York subway system printed on it underneath.
When I first heard about this book, I thought it sounded pretty similar to American Gods, and while it is true that both centers around the idea of Gods come to life, and looks at the immigrant experience in America, the plot is quite different.
So, the plot centers around a women named Emer, who is a teacher and is someone who is often found riding the subway. I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised at how well David Duchovny was able to write from a women’s perspective. Early on in the story Emer is people watching on the subway, and the idle internal conversation she has with herself about the other passengers on the train seemed so relatable.
I think the thing that struck me most about this book is I honestly could not predict what was going to happen! It was a really interesting reading experience, and it was incredibly engrossing because I wanted to know what was going to come next! I honestly had the thought with about 50 pages left of the book, how on earth is he going to end this story? I hope this isn’t a spoiler to say, that the ending of the book was my favourite part of the reading experience!
If someone asked me to describe this book in a phrase, it would be– so very weird. Somehow despite it’s oddness its incredibly relatable, and it’s lonely, and it’s still a lovely read.
As an aside, before I hard about this book I didn’t realise that David Duchovny was an author. Once I bought this book I saw some of the praise for his previous books, and I saw he has written a book called Holy Cow from a cow’s perspective and I think I need it in my life.
Overall, I would really recommend this book! If you like odd stories, the X-Files or American Gods I really think you may love this book too!
If any of you have read this book or are thinking about it please let me know your thoughts! Also, if anyone has read Holy Cow please tell me what you thought!
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