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Dandy Roll Book Club

We’re starting summer off strong with a wildly brilliant fantasy adventure! Black Water Sister by Zen Cho is a tale of ghosts, gods, and navigating queer identity within cultural and familial ties. The novel follows Jess, recent Harvard graduate and closeted lesbian, as she moves with her parents back to their family home in Malaysia for a fresh start. When she arrives, Jess is contacted and subsequently haunted by the spirit of Ah Ma, her grandmother. After a reluctant start, Ah Ma convinces Jess to be her vessel, and they begin a plot to take down the local millionaire--and rumored “gang leader”--who is threatening to tear down a sacred temple. After threats become reality, Jess inadvertently calls on the Black Water Sister, a dangerous god that is angered by any attempts to bulldoze and profit off of the land surrounding the temple. In order to help her grandmother move on to her next life, protect her family, and keep her identity safe, Jess begins an arduous journey of communing with ghosts and gods.


Black Water Sister is perfect for fans of the fast-paced works of Samantha Shannon, V. E. Schwab, and Hafsah Faizal. With strong roots in Malaysian lore, social critiques pertaining to labor, religion, and sexuality, and a first-hand look at ancestral importance, Black Water Sister is a must-read for urban fantasy lovers everywhere. Jess’ contributions--her laughs, frustrations, and overall disbelief at her own power and identity--make her an ideal heroine. This story is a fresh reminder that, sometimes, growth takes time, care, and trust.

A reluctant medium discovers the ties that bind can unleash a dangerous power in this compelling Malaysian-set contemporary fantasy.

When Jessamyn Teoh starts hearing a voice in her head, she chalks it up to stress. Closeted, broke and jobless, she’s moving back to Malaysia with her parents – a country she last saw when she was a toddler.

She soon learns the new voice isn’t even hers, it’s the ghost of her estranged grandmother. In life, Ah Ma was a spirit medium, avatar of a mysterious deity called the Black Water Sister. Now she’s determined to settle a score against a business magnate who has offended the god—and she’s decided Jess is going to help her do it, whether Jess wants to or not.

Drawn into a world of gods, ghosts, and family secrets, Jess finds that making deals with capricious spirits is a dangerous business, but dealing with her grandmother is just as complicated. Especially when Ah Ma tries to spy on her personal life, threatens to spill her secrets to her family and uses her body to commit felonies. As Jess fights for retribution for Ah Ma, she’ll also need to regain control of her body and destiny – or the Black Water Sister may finish her off for good.

  • Black Water Sister by Zen Cho
  • Discussion question handout
  • Limited edition DRBC bookmark
  • The Girl and the Ghost by  Hanna Alkaf (Swag Members Only)
  • DRBC Tote (First time members only)
  • Link to monthly zoom meeting 
  • Subscribe for free shipping!

Boxes will begin shipping on 6/1. The meeting will take place remotely on Thursday, July 8th at 7:30 CST

You can now choose to make your DRBC a recurring subscription and receive free shipping on each box. Subscriptions will be renewed on the 1st of each month. You will have the option to skip a month without being charged. Recurring subscriptions are optional, you can still choose a one time payment for either tier.

How It Works:

1.

Each month we choose the best book (or books) from a wide variety of genres, centered around a topic we'd love to discuss with you!

2.

We mail your book club box directly to your door. Subscription members receive free shipping on all DRBC orders.

3.

Read your book and join us for our monthly online book club meeting, or use these questions as a guide to start your own book club with friends or family!

How It Works:

1.

Each month we choose the best book (or books) from a wide variety of genres, centered around a topic we'd love to discuss with you!

2.

We mail your book club box, including swag items and discussion questions to ponder while you read, directly to your door.

3.

Read your book and join us for our monthly online book club meeting, or use these questions as a guide to start your own book club with friends or family!

Subscription Flexibility for the Right Fit

DRBC can be purchased as a monthly recurring subscription to receive free shipping. Need to skip a month? No problem. Easily skip your subscription via your personal online account or by emailing us.

For additional flexibility, we've created two pricing tiers, so members can choose exactly how they want to participate! Plus, your subscription tier can be changed by emailing us anytime.

Book Only

$25/month

  • Includes our monthly book(s) pick at a discounted price
  • Curated discussion questions
  • First time members receive a free DRBC tote bag
  • Access to our monthly discussion meeting
  • Free shipping (subscribers only) 
  • Available as a one-time or subscription purchase

Book + Swag

$35/month

  • Includes our monthly book(s) pick at a discounted price
  • Also includes themed, surprise swag item(s)
  • Curated discussion questions
  • First time members receive a free DRBC tote bag
  • Access to our monthly discussion meeting
  • Free shipping (subscribers only)
  • Available as a one-time or subscription purchase