The quirkiest of books. I feel like I spent too much time acclimating to this world to fully enjoy the experience. But once I came to terms with the fact I was fully immersed in an alternate version of 1920s NYC, I let myself enjoy the ride. W.M. Akers is a meticulous wordsmith, and I was intoxicated quite often with his sentences - quite possibly sometimes distracting me from the storytelling.
Gilda is a strong protagonist, a solver of "tiny mysteries," who leads us through her life, and this foreign yet familiar landscape.
I do recommend this novel even though I did have some questions about the world. It's worth a read for Aker's language, and for the character development alone.