by Geoff Ryman
This is one of my very favorite books. Though it's shot through with fantasy, everything in Was takes place in the real world, and it can be a harsh one. This is really 4 or 5 interweaving stories, and the myth of Oz touches all of them in varying ways. The central story is about Dorothy Gael, a girl growing up in pioneer Kansas with her aunt and uncle. It's not the life we've seen in "The Wizard of Oz," and in fact, Dorothy desperately needs an Oz to escape to. The book has a lot to do with growing up, and the way myth can help shape our lives - or even vice versa.