Part murder mystery, part gothic fantasy, part steampunk adventure, The Peculiar is Stefan Bachmann's riveting, inventive, and unforgettable debut novel.
Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged. Bartholomew Kettle and his sister, Hettie, lived by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings—Peculiars—and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.
One day a lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Who is she? What does she want? When Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away—in a whirling ring of feathers—the boy who lives across the alley—Bartholomew gets himself noticed. First by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish...and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds, offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.