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. ...more

A Master of Djinn (Dead Djinn, #1)
Mister Impossible (Dreamer Trilogy, #2)
Black Water Sister
The Kingdoms
The Quiet Boy
Ophie's Ghosts
Circus of Wonders
Healer of the Water Monster
The Rock Eaters: Stories
That Thing about Bollywood
House of Hollow
The Drowning Kind
The Midnight Library
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
In Five Years
Mexican Gothic
Where the Forest Meets the Stars
Instructions for Dancing
Nothing to See Here
House of Hollow
The Underground Railroad
Ninth House (Alex Stern #1)
The Glass Hotel
The Vine Witch (Vine Witch, #1)
First Person Singular: Stories
Ingo by Helen DunmoreThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil GaimanDiving Belles by Lucy WoodThe Gracekeepers by Kirsty LoganThe Seas by Samantha Hunt
Song of the Sea
65 books — 32 voters
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison AllenThe Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison AllenThe Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison AllenFirst Frost by Sarah Addison AllenThe Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
Magical Romance For Adults
73 books — 63 voters

Passing Strange by Ellen KlagesAgents of Dreamland by Caitlín R. KiernanThe Black Tides of Heaven by Neon YangThe Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. ValenteRiver of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
2017 adult SFF by QUILTBAG authors
41 books — 19 voters
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
1,185 books — 5,214 voters

Orlando by Virginia WoolfHer Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria MachadoWhat is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen OyeyemiVenous Hum by Suzette MayrMary, Everything by Cassandra Yorke
lgbt+ magical realism
10 books — 5 voters

One Hundred Years of Solitude
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The House of the Spirits
Kafka on the Shore
The Night Circus
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Like Water for Chocolate
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Garden Spells (Waverley Family, #1)
Love in the Time of Cholera
The Master and Margarita
1Q84 (1Q84 #1-3)
Beloved (Beloved Trilogy, #1)
Midnight's Children
Exit West

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