I've raced my way through Sarah Addison Allen's books recently and adore the way she writes. Can anyone recommend me some other authors/ books in the magical realism genre?
Hey, Nogger. Take a gander at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_realism#Major_authors_and_works. Down the page there's a list of some likely titles. Personally, I'd include The Hummingbird's Daughter, by Luis Urrea, which I've recommended elsewhere on the Boards.NogDog said:Can you define "magical realism", so that I know whether I've read any?
Totally agree, that link had a very distinct definition. A lot of books that I consider to be magical realism would not have fit into this category (Alvin Maker series, by Orson Scott Card).The Hooded Claw said:Glad you posted the link to explain, I was getting ready to suggest some fantasy novels with carefully thought-out systems of magic!
An excellent example, in my opinion, would be Like Water for Chocolate. Example of magical realism therefrom: a woman cries as she prepares a dish. When wedding guests consume it, they too begin crying. Another example, I think from Face of an Angel, by Denise Chavez: a dead baby floats to the ceiling, signifying acceptance into heaven. I enjoyed both books, but quite some time ago....NogDog said:All I know after reading (okay, mostly skimming) that Wikipedia article and some of its links is: (a) I do not appear to have read any books by the authors it classifies as in that genre/style, (b) I don't think I could even write one, as I'm still not sure I actually understand what "magic realism" is, and (c) based on the small number of authors/books so classified, I'm not sure many others do, either.
I loved Garden Spells!Camilla said:I've raced my way through Sarah Addison Allen's books recently and adore the way she writes. Can anyone recommend me some other authors/ books in the magical realism genre?
Do you mean Hoffman writes mostly YA? Because I wouldn't classify her work as YA.lib2b said:She mostly writes YA, but you might want to check out Francesca Lia Block, particularly her Weetzie Bat books. There's also Chocolat by Joanne Harris.