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What is magical realism? It is a genre in fiction that combines elements of magic with a realistic setting. Generally there isn't an explanation given about the magic and it is not often discussed by the characters.

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Peach Keeper

by Sarah Addison Allen

Willa Jackson has lately learned that an old classmate--socialite do-gooder Paxton Osgood--of the very prominent Osgood family, has restored her family's Blue Ridge Madam home to its former glory, with plans to open a top-flight inn. But when a skeleton buried beneath the lone peach tree on the property is found, Willa and Paxton must confront the dangerous passions and tragic betrayals that once bound their families.

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The Red Garden

by Alice Hoffman

A young wounded civil war solider is saved by a passionate neighbor, a woman meets a fiercely human historical character, a poet falls in love with a blind man, and a mysterious traveler comes to town in the year when summer never arrives. At the center is a mysterious garden where only red plants can grow, and where the truth can be found by those who dare to look.

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Pillars of the Earth

by Ken Follett

A spellbinding epic set in 12th century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known-and a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

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by Julie Garwood

In the shadows of the confessional, a madman reveals his plan for murder, pulling Father Thomas Madden into a twisted game by disclosing the intended victim is Tom's sister, Laurant. To protect her, Tom calls upon his best friend, FBI agent Nick Buchanan. As an attraction grows between Laurant and Nick, so does the danger -- and one false move will cost both of them everything.

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The Descendants

by Kaui Hart Hemmings

A descendant of royalty and one of the largest landowners in Hawaii, Matthew King struggles to deal with his out-of-control daughters--ten-year-old Scottie and seventeen-year-old Alex--as well as his comatose wife, whom they are about to remove from lifesupport.

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Some Luck

by Jane Smiley

On their farm in Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by values that they pass on to their five wildly different children. Each chapter covers a single year, beginning in 1920, as American soldiers like Walter return home from World War I, and going up through the early 1950s, with the country on the cusp of social and economic change. As the Langdons branch out from Iowa to both coasts of America, the personal and the historical merge seamlessly.

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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

by Aimee Bender

Being able to taste people's emotions in food may at first be horrifying. But young, unassuming Rose Edelstein grows up learning to harness her gift as she becomes aware that there are secrets even her taste buds cannot discern.

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The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

by Mathias Malzieu

Edinburgh, 1874. Born with a frozen heart, Jack is near death when his mother abandons him to the care of Dr. Madeleine--witch doctor, midwife, protector of orphans--who saves Jack by placing a cuckoo clock in his chest. And it is in her orphanage that Jack grows up among tear-filled flasks, eggs containing memories, and a man with a musical spine.



by Anne Fortier

When Julie Jacobs leaves for Italy per the instructions of her late aunt's will, she never imagines that she'll be thrust into a centuries-old feud, not to mention one of the most legendary romances of all time.



by Alex Hale

 Tracing his ancestry through six generations back to Africa, Alex Haley discovered a sixteen-year-old youth, Kunta Kinte. It was this young man, who had been torn from his homeland and in torment and anguish brought to the slave markets of the New World, who held the key to Haley's deep and distant past.

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The Thorn Birds

by Colleen McCullough

The epic story of a priest torn between God and human passion and a beautiful girl desiring only what she cannot have, spanning five decades of ambition, fear, longing and revenge, and set against the vast horizons of Australia's Outback.

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Seating Arrangements

by Maggie Shipstead

Possessing a Harvard education and all of the accoutrements of a privileged life, Winn Van Meter attends the wedding of his eldest daughter, which is scandalized by the bride's advancing pregnancy, her sister's broken heart and the seductive machinations of wedding party members.

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The Miniaturist

by Jessie Burton

Engaging the services of a miniaturist to furnish a cabinet-sized replica of her new home, 18-year-old Nella Oortman, the wife of an illustrious merchant trader, soon discovers that the artist's tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways.

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Boy's Life

by Robert McCammon

Twelve-year-old Cory Mackenson's father finds a dead man handcuffed to a car's steering wheel that has plunged into Zephyr's Lake in 1964, and they realize that all is not as it seems in their quiet town.


The Forsyte Saga

by John Galsworthy

A brilliant social satire by Nobel Prize-winning author John Galsworthy, this monumental saga chronicles the lives of three generations of an upper-middle class London family obsessed with money and respectability.

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City on Fire

by Garth Risk Hallberg

From post-Vietnam youth culture to the fiscal crisis, from a lushly appointed townhouse on Sutton Place to a derelict squat on East 3rd Street, this city on fire is at once recognizable and completely unexpected. And when the infamous blackout of July 13th, 1977 plunges it into darkness, lives will be changed, irrevocably.

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Gone With the Wind

by Margaret Mitchell

A spoiled young Southern belle vows to rebuild her family plantation home after the Civil War and is swept off her feet by a man who infuriates her.

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by Elizabeth Wilhide

An epic saga of the upstairs and downstairs residents of an English country house which spans some 240 years and includes the stories of its original architect, a Victorian family that shared four decades of family history, soldiers billeted in the house during World War I, and a young couple who restores the house in the 1950s.

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