A fascinating retelling of a Russian fairytale, but so much more. Vassa has a secret doll given to her by her mother on her mother's deathbed. That the doll can eat, comfort Vassa and get her into trouble with stealing doesn't seem so strange in this magical Brooklyn where night keeps getting longer and there are "people of quality." When Vassa goes out into the night to buy lightbulbs at BY's she is in for a strange time where she learns that even other humans may not be what they seem, including herself.
A meditation on sorrow, strength and commitment, Vassa is a must read.