Ghosts Through the Cracks
By Sarah Zama
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For Su Xi, magic is unimaginable. It's being able to speak freely and dress how she feels like. It's using makeup if she wants to and feel attractive and mysterious. It's dancing with strangers to exotically wild music.
This is what she gets when she comes to America at the height of the Jazz Age. Born and raised in a small Chinese village, Susie now lives in a luxurious Chicago apartment with her man, Mah Shu - Simon - who manages a popular - if shady - speakeasy.
One night, Susie meets Blood in the speakeasy, and she discovers that magic may be something altogether different. Headier - and more dangerous. More powerful and yet elusive. Magic is speaking her mind fiercelely. It's imagining a future she may craft with her dreams and her own hands. Magic isn't about what she possesses, but about who she is.
Magic is dangerous.
And Simon knows it. He's been seeking magic and power for a long time, and now he can get it, thanks to Susie. If she doesn't listen to Blood. If she doesn't see that imagined future too clearly. If she remains her loyal woman, as she has promised to be.