Jevick is a small town man pleasantly overwhelmed while on a pepper merchant pilgrimage to big city Olondria. It is the Rabelaisian Feast of Birds. Joy is plentiful…and so are books – a commodity quite rare in his hometown. Go figure that is it during the best times of his life that the ghost of an illiterate girl child chooses Jevick to haunt. If Jevick is ever to rid himself of the ghost child, he must first record her sad tale. A Stranger in Olondria by the lushly poetic Sofia Samatar is a feast of literary fantasy expressing the power, glory, and deep mystery to be found in reading and writing books.