Must-Read Magical Realism

By Walden Pond Books

By Walden Pond Books

The Night Tiger

Yangsze Choo

$17.99 $16.55

A sweeping historical novel about a dancehall girl and an orphan boy whose fates entangle over an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers.

A Tale for the Time Being

Ruth Ozeki

$18.00 $16.56

A woman finds the diary of a young Japanese girl washed up on the shore near her home in British Columbia shortly after the tsunami of 2011. Their stories intertwine in ways that challenge time, distance and written history.

Midnight's Children

Salman Rushdie

$18.00 $16.56

As India transitions away from British colonial rule, all children born at midnight on the eve of independence have unusual magical powers.

The House of the Spirits

Isabel Allende

$18.00 $16.56

Spanning four generations, this novel chronicles the fantastical history of the Trueba family during the post-colonial social and political upheavals of Chile.

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

$17.00 $15.64

The multi-generational story of the Buendía family chronicles Colombian history in a fantastical way, revealing an inevitable and inescapable repetition of human behavior.

Kafka on the Shore

Haruki Murakami

$17.95 $16.51

15 year old Kafka runs away from his father’s house to look for his mother and sister and to escape an Oedipal curse, finding shelter at a private library. Aging and illiterate Nakata (who can speak to cats) befriends a young truck driver and their experiences, though appearing random and irrelevant, are crucial to the final outcome for all.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Haruki Murakami

$17.95 $16.51

A timid husband finds the courage to rescue his kidnapped wife who has been imprisoned by his evil brother-in-law in a hotel made up of infinite hallways.

The Master and Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov and Christopher Conn Askew

$18.00 $16.56

Woland (Satan) and his posse — including the gun-toting, vodka-drinking black cat, Behemoth — invade Moscow in a subversively funny dark comedy that poses timelessly relevant moral questions.

Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories

Mariana Enriquez

$24.00 $22.08

These dozen masterfully macabre stories set in contemporary Argentina stir supernatural horror allegories into social and political critiques. The result is a simmering cauldron of short fiction that will dazzle and disturb long after the final page is turned.

The Immortalists

Chloe Benjamin

$16.00 $14.72

In 1969, two brothers and two sisters visit the shop of a mysterious woman who claims to be able to foretell the hour of their deaths. Her prophecies impact their lives over the next five decades.

The Baron in the Trees

Italo Calvino

$16.99 $15.63

Rebelling against his parents, Cosimo di Rondo, a young 18th century Italian nobleman, decides to climb a tree and stay there for the rest of his life. Cosimo easily adapts to arboreal life, and ingeniously devises ways to hunt, raise crops, play games with his ground-level friends, and even have a love affair. A fantastical tale of living life on one's own terms.

Burning Your Boats: The Collected Short Stories

Angela Carter

$17.00 $15.64

Angela Carter's extraordinary talents - as a fabulist, feminist, social critic, and weaver of tales - are penetratingly evident in this complete collection of all her short stories. From vigorous refashionings of classic folklore and fairy tales, to vivid snapshots of modern life in all its tawdry glory, Carter's marvelous, magical vision will stun and amaze.

Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text

Neil Gaiman

$9.99 $9.19

A single act of kindness catapults Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre: a city under the streets of London, inhabited by monsters and saints, murderers and angels - a city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.

The Old Drift

Namwali Serpell

$18.00 $16.56

Three Zambian families who live in The Old Drift, a colonial settlement on the banks of the Zambezi River, pursue a path of unwitting retribution (for a mistake made in 1904) that lasts over a century. As the generations pass, their triumphs, errors, losses and dreams collide and converge into the present - and beyond - in this epic panorama of history, myth, romance and fantasy.