"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"
"'I wish my life were different. I don't care how.' So begins perpetual grad student and recently jilted Nora Fischer's grand adventure into a wonderfully imaginative world of illusion and real magic that reveals the importance of a curious and open mind, learning and love. Author Emily Croy Barker has great fun toying with our ever-shifting notions of work, beauty, belonging, and reality--creating a delightful book for anyone longing to escape the everyday (and who isn't?!)."
--Karen Engelmann, author of "The Stockholm Octavo"
"Emily Croy Barker has written a sophisticated fairy tale that has one foot through the looking glass and the other squarely planted in the real world. Both classic and wholly original, "The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic" is an imaginative synthesis of the stories that delighted us as children and the novels that inspired us as adults."
--Ivy Pochoda, author of Visitation Street"
"A clever and scrumptious debut fantasy, the kind you happily disappear into for days."
--Kelly Link, author of Pretty Monsters"show more