Anansi Boys is a Modern Mythological tale by Neil Gaiman, an English author of short stories, novels, audio plays, films, graphic novels, and comic books. Anansi Boys is about the children of the West African and Carribean spider god of trickery, Anansi. The plot follows the reunion of Anansi's two son's after he has died.
Anasi Boys was first published in 2005 and has been on the New York Times best seller list; the book won both the Locus Award and the British Fantasy Society Award in 2006. It has also been adapted as a radio play for BBC World Service. Gaiman's narrative here set in the same mythical universe as Gaiman's earlier novel, American Gods. The book is not a sequel to American Gods, but a spin-off.
Neil Gaiman has actually said that he had the idea for Anansi Boys before American Gods. Anansi Boys is its own unique book that cannot be placed into a single genre. Its author describes it as "probably a magical-horror-thriller-ghost-romantic-comedy-family-epic," but that doesn't cover everything that is woven into this magical tale.