I Can’t Wait For…Uncommon Charm by Emily Bergslien & Kat Weaver

Posted 16th March 2022 by Sia in Can't-Wait Wednesday / 0 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about but haven’t yet read. Most of the time they’re books that have yet to be released, but not always. It’s based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme, which was originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

This week my Can’t-Wait-For is Uncommon Charm by Emily Bergslien & Kat Weaver!

Uncommon Charm by Kat Weaver, Emily Bergslien
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Queer Protagonists
Representation: Lesbian MC, gay Jewish MC
Published on: 17th May 2022

In the 1920s gothic comedy Uncommon Charm, bright young socialite Julia and shy Jewish magician Simon decide they aren’t beholden to their families’ unhappy history. Together they confront such horrors as murdered ghosts, alive children, magic philosophy, a milieu that slides far too easily into surrealist metaphor, and, worst of all, serious adult conversation.

I’ve been excited for Uncommon Charm ever since Neon Hemlock, the publisher, announced their 2022 line-up! Even moreso when I discovered that both the MCs were queer (it’s a fair bet that there will be queerness in most Neon Hemlock novellas, for the record) and that anarchist witches were involved!

What’s also extremely cool? Apparently Bergslein and Weaver have been working on this shared universe for ages, and there are other stories set in it (although I believe they’re all unrelated to the events of Uncommon Charm.) You can find links to those stories, and to an interview they did at Reads Rainbow, over in this Twitter thread.

I think there’s something extra special about a universe, setting or story – or characters! – that you’ve had with you for years and years; it’s been loved for longer, and I think that comes through in the writing. Couldn’t be more excited for this one!

Neon Hemlock’s 2022 novellas are currently being funded over on Indigogo, so if you’re interested in Uncommon Charm, go back it!

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