What are the best magical realism books?

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    #1Magic America

    Magic America

    Magic America: Coming of Age in an Altered State is a magical realism book for young adults written by C.E. Medford. It is a coming-of-age story set in Trenton, New Jersey in the 1980s, but in an alternate universe.

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    Raymundo Meléndez
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "It had an interesting concept but it didnt grab me."
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    #2The Sugar Queen

    The Sugar Queen

    The Sugar Queen is a young adult novel written by New York Times bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen, who authored the famous book titled Garden Spells. It is a story of a 27-year-old woman who found out that the local waitress is a fairy godmother.

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    Christopher Carter
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Great for young adults. Allen is a fantastic author and this work is no different. Cool angle of the waitress being a fairy godmother. "
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    #3The Peach Keeper

    The Peach Keeper

    The Peach Keeper is a young adult fantasy novel by Sarah Addison Allen, the New York Times bestselling author who wrote The Girl Who Chased the Moon. It is about a woman named Willa and her attempt to restore glory to her family name. 

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    Crystal Fox
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Sarah Addison Allen writes well and the Peach Keeper may have been her best yet. This book is about relationships and even has a surprise visitor from her earlier books. I highly recommend delving into the world of Willa and the people around her."
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    #4The Girl Who Chased the Moon

    The Girl Who Chased the Moon

    The Girl Who Chased the Moon is a contemporary fantasy romance fiction novel written by Sarah Addison Allen. This chick lit novel is first published in 2010 by Bantam and a nominee for Favorite Heroine in Goodreads. 

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    #5Eva Luna

    Eva Luna

    Eva Luna is a young adult fantasy novel written by New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende. It is considered one of the finest examples of magical realism as it is about a girl who can tell amazing stories from simple facts of life.

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    Steven Lu
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I suppose I am unfamiliar with the magical realism genre. I thought it would be how magic is used more realistically in our reality. From the plot, it seems that there is no magic, just kind of fantastical plot and characters."
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    #6A-Ma Alchemy of Love

    A-Ma Alchemy of Love

    A-Ma Alchemy of Love is a historical fiction book written by Natasa Nuit Pantovic. It was first published in 2016 by Artof4Elements. This spiritual book is set in the 17th century. 

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    Ángel Madrigal
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The magic system presented in this book was pretty awesome. Plus, the characters jumped off the pages! Such a beautiful story."
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    #7Everything Is Illuminated

    Everything Is Illuminated

    Everything is Illuminated is a young adult novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. It is considered as a piece of magical realism. It is about a guy who had a colorful journey while looking for a woman who saved his grandpa from the Nazis.

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    Shreyas Venkatesan
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "When I read this book,I was deeply immersed into the book because of the interesting story line that was well written.It was so engaging that I could not realize that time had passed so quickly."
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    #8Midnight's Children

    Midnight's Children
    Midnight's Children is a Booker Prize-winning book by Salman Rushdie. It tells the story of Saleem Sinai and a thousand other children who were born on the stroke of midnight on the day of India's independence. 
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    Frank Griffin
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Easily the most magical realism books I've read. It's worth the read for sure, such a fantastic book that really makes you appreciate life and your own triumphs."
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    #9The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten)

    The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten)

    The Angel's Game is the second book in Carlos Ruiz Zafon's magical realism series for young adults, The Cemetery of Forgotten. It is translated by Lucia Graves and was originally published in Spanish in 2008.

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    Virginia Rosales
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Even though this book is translated from Spanish it still holds it's core meaning. I found it interesting and refreshing from other magic books. A new take on an old genre."
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    #10Love in the Time of Cholera

    Love in the Time of Cholera

    Love in the Time of Cholera is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Gabriel García Márquez which follows the love story between lovers Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza. 

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    Donna Alvarado
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I am no so sure I would call this magical realism but it is a good book. I mean I have heard good things about it. So this is a pretty good choice."
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    #11Practical Magic

    Practical Magic
    Practical Magic is a paranormal fantasy fiction and the first book in Practical Magic series written by Alice Hoffman. This chick lit novel is first published in 1995. 
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    Matthew Jimenez
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This was the book which was later turned into a movie with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. The story is pretty fun but it isn't quite the same as the movie if you have already seen it. Quite a fun story. I recommend also reading the prequel "The Rules of Magic" first."
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    #12Kafka on the Shore

    Kafka on the Shore

    Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

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    Christina Stephens
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I'd have to say that this was a strange book to read. I was wondering why I was reading it in the first place, but I got into it the more I read. Very interesting story."
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    #13The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books)

    The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books)

    The Shadow of the Wind is a historical novel by Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Published in 2001, it is the first book in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. It tells the story of Daniel, the son of an antiquarian book dealer.

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    Kathy Lucas
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I wanted the best magical realism books out there and learned about The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetary of Forgotten Books). It has been the most interesting books I've read in a while about a son of a book dealer."
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    #14The House of the Spirits

    The House of the Spirits

    The House of the Spirits is a classic historical fantasy fiction novel written by Isabel Allende. This magical realism book is first published in 1982. 

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    Daniel Black
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Isabel Allende is a fantastically talented author and this is at the summit of her work. This is an epic which nevertheless can zoom in on individual characters, letting them come to life. The plot is large in scale as it follows family dynasties, but the reader becomes absorbed and never lost. "
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    #15Bellefleur

    Bellefleur
    First published in 1980, Bellefleur is a gothic novel by multi-award-winning author, Joyce Carol Oates. It follows the Bellefleur family through several generations, telling tales of their eccentricities and supernatural abilities.
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    Arjun Bose
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "First published in 1980, Bellefleur is a gothic novel by multi-award-winning author, Joyce Carol Oates. It is a great realism book."
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    #16Middlesex

    Middlesex
    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides follows the life of a hermaphrodite who grew up as Calliope but became Cal in his teens. This novel won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2003.
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    Angel Trivedi
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a good solution to the topic. This books has over 1000 reviews and almost a 5 star rating. It is hard to tell if it is truly a magical realism based on the description but does seem to have those elements to it which make it good. "
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    #17The Marked Son (Keepers of Life)

    The Marked Son (Keepers of Life)

    The Marked Son is the first book in the young adult paranormal series Keepers of Life written by Shea Berkley which centers on 17-year-old Dylan Kennedy who goes on an adventure with a girl named Kera. 

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    Jeremy Black
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I was looking for a magical realism book for my kid. This one looked pretty popular, so I grabbed it for her. It was awesome. She loved it. She left it in the bathroom one day and I read a bit of it. Pretty good stuff for a teen book."
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    #18Tales from Outer Suburbia

    Tales from Outer Suburbia

    Tales from Outer Suburbia is a children's picture book written and illustrated by award-winning artist Shaun Tan. It was published in 2008 and contains a collection of magical realistic stories.

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    Kenneth Evans
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I'm very much so interested into magic and sci fi and found this book to be quite enticing from the very moment that I opened the first page. The amount of detail written in this book that describes each scene went well beyond my expectations. I found the illustrations to be very colorful and lively as well. "
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    #19The Confessions of Max Tivoli

    The Confessions of Max Tivoli

    The Confessions of Max Tivoli is a historical fantasy fiction novel written by Andrew Sean Geer. This magical realism book is first published in 2004. 

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    Bobby Mitchell
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Fantastic and Elegant story line"
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    #20Skylight Confessions

    Skylight Confessions
    Skylight Confessions is a contemporary fantasy fiction novel written by Alice Hoffman. This magical realism book is first published in 2007 by Little, Brown, and Company.
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    Judy Torres
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is my favorite Alice Hoffman novel, which is really saying a lot, because everything she's produced so far has been top-notch. I really enjoyed this book's perspective on magic and the world of the occult. It was entertaining with just the right amount of mysterious suspense that I think anyone would enjoy."
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    #21The Third Angel

    The Third Angel

    The Third Angel is a fantasy fiction novel written by Alice Hoffman. This magical realism book is first published in 2008 by Crown. 

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    Jessica Kim
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This wasn't really my type of book. I don't believe in magic and anything involving it. However, if you are into fantasy novels then this would be a good read for you."
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    #22Bless Me, Ultima

    Bless Me, Ultima
    Bless Me, Ultima is a young adult classic historical fiction written by Rudolfo Anaya. This magical realism novel is first published in 1972. 

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    Timothy Guzman
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Bless Me, Ultima is an interesting story of a young person struggling with his faith. It has magic and other fantastic aspects making it something quite special."
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    #23The Probable Future

    The Probable Future

    The Probable Future is a contemporary paranormal fantasy fiction written by Alice Hoffman. This magical realism novel is published in 2004 by Ballantine Books.

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    Madison Elliott
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This one was awesome. I loved this story a lot. I had to read it to the end I got so involved."
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    #24Enchanted Glass

    Enchanted Glass

    Enchanted Glass is standalone young adult fiction novel written by Diana Wynne Jones which centers on Andrew Hope who is trying to find why he has a deep connection with Aidan Cain.

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    Harold Castillo
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "A brilliant, intricate and magical novel from the Godmother of British fantasy. When Andrew Hope's magician grandfather dies, he leaves his house and field-of-care to his grandson who spent much of his childhood at the house. Andrew has forgotten much of this, but he remembers the very strong-minded staff and the fact that his grandfather used to put the inedibly large vegetables on the roof of the shed, where they'd have vanished in the morning. He also remembers the very colourful stained glass window in the kitchen door, which he knows it is important to protect. Into this mix comes young Aidan Cain, who turns up from the orphanage asking for safety. Exactly who he is and why he's there is unclear, but a strong connection between the two becomes apparent."
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    #25Shadowhouse Fall (The Shadowshaper Cypher)

    Shadowhouse Fall (The Shadowshaper Cypher)
    Shadowhouse Fall is the second book in the magical realistic and dark fantasy series for young adults, the Shadowshaper Cypher. It was written by Daniel Jose Older and was published September 2017.
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    Thomas Cox
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I found the book Shadowhouse Fall (The Shadowshaper Cypher) to be a good book in the magical realism genre. A teenager that likes those kinds of books should check it out. I think it's one of the best of the recently published magical realism books out there. The story was compelling and it had good character development. "
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    #26A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire)

    A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire)

    A Poison Dark and Drowning is the first book in the young adult historical fiction series Kingdom on Fire written by Jessica Cluess which continues to follow the adventures of Henrietta Howell to save the one she loves.

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    Justin Hopkins
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This book is a fairytale. It is a very interesting story about a kingdom and its dynamics. It is adventurous, fantasy and very interesting on people relationships. A must read."
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    #27The Bone People

    The Bone People

    The Bone People is a fictional novel written by Keri Hulme and illustrated by Pepa Heller. This fictional novel was published on June 29, 2010 by Penguin Books.

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    Anthony Harper
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The Bone People is a highly original work that provides a look at the Maori life. It gives you the sense of entering a magical alternate reality, and is very well written. It touches on subjects still relevant today like alcoholism, loneliness, and abuse, and is one of those books that you can read a few times and still get something new from it."
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    #28The Autumn of the Patriarch

    The Autumn of the Patriarch

    The Autumn of the Patriarch is a nihilistic, magical realism novel for young adults written by famous Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It is about realizations of a dying tyrant about the disturbed world he helped create.

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    Jacqueline Wheeler
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book sounds very interested especially the main character and his life. I would be very interesting to see how the life of a dying tyrant would change or if it would change."
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    #29Memories of My Melancholy Whores

    Memories of My Melancholy Whores

    Memories of My Melancholy Whores is a romantic, drama, and realistic novel written by Pulitzer Prize Winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It was originally released in 2006. It is complex love story between a 90-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl.

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    Christine Thompson
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "If you have read the authors previous works, you will be not let down by this book! It is beautifully written. The story content is a bit dark, but still really lovely and enjoyable. I read this over two days and couldnt put it down. This is a great summer read!"

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Best What are the best magical realism books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Magic AmericaBooks 37 Paid
2The Sugar QueenBooks 33 Paid
3The Peach KeeperBooks 31 Paid
4The Girl Who Chased the MoonBooks 29 Paid
5Eva LunaBooks 29 Paid
6A-Ma Alchemy of LoveBooks 26 Paid
7Everything Is IlluminatedBooks 18 Paid
8Midnight's ChildrenBooks 17 Paid
9The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten)Books 15 Paid
10Love in the Time of CholeraBooks 11 Paid
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