Cat hasn't been to Montgomery Falls, the town her family founded, since she was twelve years old. Since the summer she discovered she could do things that no normal twelve-year-old could do. Since she had her first kiss with Riley Fraser. Since she destroyed their friendship. Now, five years later, she's back and Riley has disappeared.
Magic realist fiction
- Author:Peacock, KathleenSummary:
- Author:Jones, KellySummary:
Twelve-year-old Sophie Brown feels like a fish out of water when she and her parents move from Los Angeles to the farm they've inherited from a great-uncle. But farm life gets more interesting when a cranky chicken appears and Sophie discovers the hen can move objects with the power of her little chicken brain: jam jars, the latch to her henhouse, the entire henhouse ... And then more of her great-uncle's unusual chickens come home to roost. Determined, resourceful Sophie learns to care for her flock, earning money for chicken feed, collecting eggs. But when a respected local farmer tries to steal them, Sophie must find a way to keep them (and their superpowers) safe.
- Author:Robinson, EdenSummary:
In an effort to keep all forms of magic at bay, Jared, 17, has quit drugs and drinking. But his troubles are not over: now he's being stalked by David, his mom's ex--a preppy, khaki-wearing psycho with a proclivity for rib-breaking. And his mother, Maggie, a living, breathing badass as well as a witch, can't protect him like she used to because he's moved away from Kitimat to Vancouver for school. Even though he's got a year of sobriety under his belt (no thanks to his enabling, ever-partying mom), Jared also struggles with the temptation of drinking. And he's got to get his grades up, find a job that doesn't involve weed cookies, and somehow live peacefully with his Aunt Mave, who has been estranged from the family ever since she tried to "rescue" him as a baby from his mother. An indigenous activist and writer, Mave smothers him with pet names and hugs, but she is blind to the real dangers that lurk around them--the spirits and supernatural activity that fill her apartment. As the son of a Trickster, Jared is a magnet for magic, whether he hates it or not--he sees ghosts, he sees the monster moving underneath his Aunt Georgina's skin, he sees the creature that comes out of his bedroom wall and creepily wants to suck his toes. He also still hears the Trickster in his head, and other voices too. When the David situation becomes a crisis, Jared can't ignore his true nature any longer.
- Author:De Lint, CharlesSummary:
When various lives collide in the Hierro Maderas Mountains, each must struggle to escape a messy past and find a way to carve a future. They don't just have to learn how to survive. They have to learn how to fly.
- Author:MacDonald, SherrySummary:
The year is 1964 and first-time film director Alan Schneider is about to embark on a project combining the talents of Buster Keaton and Samuel Beckett. When Alan visits the home of Keaton to discuss the project, titled simply Film, he discovers the former star engaged in an imaginary card game with the long-deceased Irving G. Thalberg. It doesn’t take long for Alan to realize that he has entered into an altered universe resembling the surreal world of the Buster Keaton film, a world where doors solve problems and card games provide lessons in life. Alan turns to Beckett for help in making sense of this world, only to find that Sam is perfectly at home in it. The Stone Face tracks Alan’s journey through the maze that is the world of the Keaton film, a world which, as the making of Film progresses, also takes on elements that might be found in a Beckett absurdist play. By examining the making of Film, as well as the comedy of the Keaton film, the play examines the process by which we create art in general as well as the process by which we live our lives.
Praise for The Stone Face: "[L]ocal playwright Sherry MacDonald skillfully manages to pay homage to Buster Keaton and Samuel Beckett while jibing at subjects as diverse as theatre of the absurd, Abbott and Costello and academic literary theory. … both my hands are clapping."(ReviewFromTheHouse) "The energetic tone of the piece is rich and appealing. The slapstick world of Buster Keaton is exploited to full theatrical effect. The voices are vivid, unique, and imbued with useful subtext." (Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago) "A wonderfully clever and inventive tale of an interesting collaboration. The comic traditions of Buster Keaton and other silent film stars are drawn on to create a story of a man coming to understand the nature or genius and the mystery of great art." (Actors Theatre of Louisville)
- Author:Forbes, LaniSummary:
Six royal daughters vie to become empress of the Chicome people in a competition only one will survive.
- Author:Gaiman, NeilSummary:
This collection spans Gaiman's career to date.
- Author:Morgan, LouisaSummary:
The only magic Ursule Orchière knows is the false spells her mother weaves over the gullible women who visit their fortune-telling caravan. But everything changes when Ursule comes of age.
- Author:Wecker, HeleneSummary:
Chava, a golem, and Ahmad, a jinni, become unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures, until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into separate worlds. But a powerful menace will bring them together again, forcing them to make a fateful choice.
- Author:Woodburn, DallasSummary:
Teenager Tegan Rossi finds herself on Hawaii's Big Island, with no idea how she got there. Her best friend there, Kai, promises to help figure out what's going on, but answers lead to more questions.
- Author:Mukhopadhyay, SirshenduSummary:
Somlata has just married into the dynastic but declining Mitra family. At eighteen, she expects to settle into her role as a devout wife in this traditional, multi-generational family. But then Somlata, wandering the halls of the grand, decaying Mitra mansion, stumbles upon the body of her great aunt-in-law, Pishima.
- Author:García Márquez, GabrielSummary:
In these twelve stories about the lives of Latin Americans in Europe, García Márquez conveys the peculiar amalgam of melancholy, tenacity, sorrow, and aspiration that is the émigré experience.
- Author:Dupont, ÉricSummary:
A big fat whopper of a tall tale that bounces around from provincial Rivière-du-Loup in 1919 to Nagasaki, 1990s Berlin, Rome, and beyond.
- Author:Turnbull, CadwellSummary:
One October morning, Laina gets the news that her brother has been shot and killed by Boston cops. But what looks like a case of police brutality soon reveals something much stranger. Monsters are real. And they want everyone to know it. As creatures from myth and legend come out of the shadows, seeking safety through visibility, their emergence sets off a chain of seemingly unrelated events. Meanwhile, more people start disappearing, suicides and hate crimes increase, and protests erupt globally, both for and against the monsters.
- Author:Birney, Betty G.Summary:
Og the frog has always loved making up songs and poems about life in the swamp - about juicy crickets, squishy mud and all of his froggy friends. But it's quite a shock to find himself suddenly living in Room 26 with a bunch of human children (the "big tads"), and an endlessly energetic furry neighbor named Humphrey. He spends a lot of time thinking about his past days in the swamp and all the lessons Granny Greenleaf taught him. But he also has a lot to figure out, and number one on the list is: what is that hamster squeaking about anyway?
- Author:Neale, Jen, McArthur, Sera-LysSummary:
A startling, moving magic realist debut Almost immediately upon Julie Bird’s return to the small port town where she was raised, everyday life is turned upside down. Julie’s Gulf War vet father, Marty, has been on the losing side of a battle with PTSD for too long. A day of boating takes a dramatic turn when a majestic blue whale beaches itself and dies. A blond stranger sets up camp oceanside: she’s an agitator, musician-impersonator, and armchair philosopher named Jennie Lee Lewis — and Julie discovers she’s connected to her father’s mysterious trip to New Mexico 25 years earlier. As the blue whale decays on the beach, more wildlife turns up dead — apparently by suicide — echoing Marty’s deepest desire. But Julie isn’t ready for a world without her father. A stunning exploration of love and grief, Land Mammals and Sea Creatures is magic realism on the seaside, a novel about living life to the fullest and coming to your own terms with its end.
- Author:El-Ghadban, YaraSummary:
Award-winning Palestinian Canadian novelist Yara El-Ghadban imagines the confrontation at death’s door between Ariel Sharon, the “King of Israel,” and the women closest to him — his mother, his wives, and the mysterious nurse Rita. Like latter-day Greek furies, they lament the brutality of his life and maltreatment of the Palestinian people and demand he face up to his part in the bloodshed of Israel’s wars.
Here is an extraordinary, magical, and impassioned story of nearly impossible empathy, the singular work of a novelist in full flight.
- Author:Allende, IsabelSummary:
Alexander Cold's grandmother Kate is never far from an adventure. Days into the tour to write an article on the first elephant-led safaris in Africa, a Catholic missionary approaches them in search of his companions who have mysteriously disappeared. Kate and Alexander, agreeing to help, discover a clan of Pygmies who unveil a harsh and surprising world of corruption, slavery, and poaching.
- Author:Galchen, RivkaSummary:
It is 1618 in the German duchy of Württemberg. Plague is spreading, the Thirty Years’ War has begun, and fear and suspicion are in the air throughout the Holy Roman Empire. In the small town of Leonberg, Katharina Kepler, an illiterate widow, is accused of being a witch. Katharina is known for her herbal remedies and the success of her children. Her eldest, Johannes, is the Imperial Mathematician and the renowned author of the laws of planetary motion. It’s enough to make anyone envious, and Katharina has done herself no favours by going out and about and being in everyone’s business. So when the deranged and insipid Ursula Reinbold (or as Katharina calls her, the Werewolf) accuses Katharina of making her ill by offering her a bitter, witchy drink, Katharina is in trouble. Her scientist son must turn his attention from the music of the spheres to the job of defending his mother. Facing the threat of financial ruin, torture and even execution, Katharina tells her side of the story to her friend and neighbour Simon, a reclusive widower imperiled by his own secrets. Drawing on real historical documents but infused with the intensity of imagination, sly humour and intellectual fire for which Rivka Galchen is known, Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch will both provoke and entertain. The story of how a community becomes implicated in collective aggression and hysterical fear is a tale for our time. Galchen’s bold new novel touchingly illuminates a family and a society undone by superstition, the state and the mortal convulsions of history.
- Author:Blooms, AshleySummary:
Ever since her neighbor William cornered her in the barn, Misty must figure out how to get back to the Misty she was before, in this beautifully honest exploration of healing and of hope.