Magical Realism

Magical realism is a fiction genre in which magical elements blend to create a realistic atmosphere that accesses a deeper understanding of reality. The story explains these magical elements as normal occurrences, presented in a straightforward manner that places the "real" and the "fantastic" in the same stream of thought.

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, #2)
Sawkill Girls
The Witch of Willow Hall
Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies, #1)
The Next Person You Meet in Heaven
Blanca & Roja
An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose, #1)
The Light Between Worlds
The Little Shop of Found Things (The Little Shop of Found Things #1)
Friday Black
The Healer
In the House in the Dark of the Woods
The Turnaway Girls
Daughters of the Lake
The Next Person You Meet in Heaven
The Immortalists
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Time's Convert
Matchmaking for Beginners
The Underground Railroad
Exit West
The Keeper of Lost Things
Long Way Down
The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1)
Killing Commendatore
Sing, Unburied, Sing
Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García MárquezThe Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey NiffeneggerThe House of the Spirits by Isabel AllendeLike Water for Chocolate by Laura EsquivelLove in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
Favorite Magical Realism Novels
1,055 books — 4,534 voters
Agents of Dreamland by Caitlín R. KiernanThe Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y.  YangThe Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. ValentePassing Strange by Ellen KlagesThe Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy
2017 adult SFF by QUILTBAG authors
40 books — 15 voters

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison AllenA Discovery of Witches by Deborah HarknessPractical Magic by Alice HoffmanThe Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison AllenThe Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
Best Magical Realism: Witchy Fiction
150 books — 239 voters
The Graveyard Book by Neil GaimanA Monster Calls by Patrick NessSweet Dance Of Awakening by Virginia AirdThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye WaltonVasilisa the Terrible by April A. Taylor
YA/Adult Fantasy/Magical Realism
28 books — 5 voters

The Fifth Season by N.K. JemisinGentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster BujoldPaladin of Souls by Lois McMaster BujoldTea with the Black Dragon by R.A. MacAvoyWyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
Old(er) Women in SF/F
130 books — 20 voters
1984 by George OrwellMonstress, Vol. 1 by Marjorie M. LiuHard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki MurakamiUzumaki by Junji ItoThe Great God Pan by Arthur Machen
54 books — 10 voters

One Hundred Years of Solitude
The House of the Spirits
The Night Circus
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Kafka on the Shore
Like Water for Chocolate
Garden Spells (Waverley Family, #1)
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Love in the Time of Cholera
The Girl Who Chased the Moon
Bone Gap
Midnight's Children
The Master and Margarita

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