The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

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By (author) Emily Croy Barker

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 563 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 36mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 29 July 2014
  • ISBN 10: 0143125672
  • ISBN 13: 9780143125679
  • Sales rank: 409,138

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"If Hermione Granger had been an American who never received an invitation to Hogwarts, this might have been her story." --"People" Earning comparisons to wildly popular fantasy novels by Deborah Harkness and Lev Grossman, Emily Croy Barker's enchanting debut offers an intelligent escape into a richly imagined world. And with an appealing female protagonist, cinematic storytelling, wry humor, and wonderfully clever literary references, "The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic" is sure to capture the imaginations of readers everywhere. During a miserable weekend at a friend's wedding, eager to forget about her disastrous breakup and stalled dissertation, Nora Fischer wanders off and somehow finds herself in another realm. There, she meets glamorous Ilissa--who introduces Nora to a decadent new world--and her gorgeous son Raclin. But when the elegant veneer of this dreamland shatters, Nora finds herself in a fairy tale gone incredibly wrong. And the only way she can survive is by learning real magic herself.

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Emily Croy Barker, a graduate of Harvard University, has spent more than twenty years as a journalist. She is currently the executive editor at "The American Lawyer "magazine. She lives in New Jersey.

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"Centered on more adult concerns than the Harry Potter books, Barker's debut is full of allusions to dark fairy tales and literary romances. If Hermione Granger had been an American who never received an invitation to Hogwarts, this might have been her story." --"People Magazine" "A marvelous plot, clever dialogue, and complex characters distinguish "The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic." With the intimacy of a classic fairy-tale and the rollicking elements of modern epic fantasy, Emily Croy Barker's delightful debut will sweep readers into another world. Fun, seductive, and utterly engrossing, this wonderful tale of magic and adventure is a perfect escape from humdrum reality." --Deborah Harkness, author of the All Souls Trilogy "To read "The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic" is to enter a lush, fantastical dream filled with beauty and strangeness, love and cruelty, playfulness and gravitas. Emily Barker has crafted a wholly imaginative and witty debut novel that is unlike any I've read. Mind candy for those of us raised on Harry Potters!" --Sara Gruen, author of "Water for Elephants" "Think of this book as Hermione Granger: The Grad School Years. An entertaining tale capably told." --"Kirkus" "Barker weaves together classic fantasy and romantic elements (including shout-outs to "Pride and Prejudice" and hints of "Wuthering Heights") to produce a well-rounded, smooth, and subtle tale." --"Publishers Weekly" "Like in Harkness's work, as the novel closes, Barker leaves Nora poised on the brink of a decision that could lead to another adventure. This reviewer can't wait. . . . Readers who love magical fantasy adventures with strong female protagonists will enjoy Barker's novel. And fans of Lev Grossman's "The Magicians" may also want to try this. --"Library Journal" "This dark fairy tale has plenty of curb appeal for a wide range of fantasy, time-travel, and alternate-reality fans." --