What is magical realism? Born in Latin American fiction during the late 1940s and 1950s, it unites the real and the mythical to reveal the fantastical elements of everyday life. Sometimes it will leave you wondering if an event in the story could really have happened. While this ambiguity is not for everyone, magical realism can be fun, insightful, and mysterious. Book Riot has a list of the 10 Best Books to Introduce You to Magical Realism; here are a few highlights:
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
For even more magical goodness, here is a mega-list of the 100 Must-Read Books of Magical Realism.