Magical Realism

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The Worlds of Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Hole

Synopsis Asa’s husband is transferring jobs, and his new office is located near his family’s home in the countryside. During an exceptionally hot summer, the young married couple move in, and Asa does her best to quickly adjust to their new rural lives, to their remoteness, to the constant presence …

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Earthlings

Synopsis Natsuki isn’t like the other girls. She has a wand and a transformation mirror. She might be a witch, or an alien from another planet. Together with her cousin Yuu, Natsuki spends her summers in the wild mountains of Nagano, dreaming of other worlds. When a terrible sequence of …

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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

Synopsis On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents’ attention, bites into her mother’s homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions in the cake. She discovers this …

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A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being

Synopsis Hi! My name is Nao, and I am a time being. Do you know what a time being is? Well, if you give me a moment, I will tell you. On a remote island in the Pacific Northwest, a Hello Kitty lunchbox washes up on the beach. Tucked inside …

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