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2. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel- I read this book in Spanish a few years ago before I even knew what magical realism was, and I had to read certain passages over and over because I was sure that something was being lost in translation. But no, I was reading correctly when a woman burst into literal flames at the sight of her lover
3. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende- The crazy story of a wealthy family divided between a twisted domineering patriarch and his mystical women, set at a time of revolution in Chile.
4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman- A classic story of a young man coming of age, except this one is set in a graveyard. The boy was raised by ghosts and is being hunted by a mythical character called Jack. There is no explanation for anything that occurs in this book, but a lot of it is based in mythology, so most people can figure the details out for themselves. Many of Gaiman's other books, such as Coraline, are also magical realism.
5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- Seems like totally normal (though quite above average) historical fiction centered on the Holocaust, until you realize that the story has a very unusual narrator.
**Practically every book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez should be on this list as well, since he is one of the greatest magical realist writers ever, but I am an uncultured bum and have read none of them :P Don't worry though, I will be remedying this problem very soon!