Magical Realism

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sayaka murata earthlings

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

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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