Neil Gaiman is an odd writer. Some of this work I like very much. Some of it (highly rated by other readers) is sort of meh. This is one of the good one. When Fat Charlie learns is father is dead, he is stunned to find out that he was a god. Further shocking news is that he has a brother he never knew. He invites this brother into his life, much to his chagrin, and spends the rest of his time trying to get rid of him.
Based on the West African/West Caribbean stories of the spider god, Anansi Boys is an amusing retelling of a character that has much in common with coyote and Br’er Rabbit.