The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

By Emily Croy Barker
(Pamela Dorman Books, Hardcover, 9780670023660, 563pp.)

Publication Date: August 1, 2013

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the August 2013 Indie Next List
“The great thing about Nora, the titular 'thinking woman' is that she is completely relatable. Nora, a perennial graduate student who hasn't made the best romantic choices, lands in another world that is rife with medieval attitudes toward women. She brings an analytical eye to a highly stratified, low-tech, but magical world and by speaking truth to power she learns new lessons about herself. This beautifully written first novel reverberates with echoes of fairy tales and fantasy literature from Narnia to Harry Potter.”
-- Tonie Lilley, The Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NC
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the August 2013 Indie Next List
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the August 2013 Indie Next List
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the August 2013 Indie Next List


Description
An imaginative story of a woman caught in an alternate world where she will need to learn the skills of magic to survive
Nora Fischer's dissertation is stalled and her boyfriend is about to marry another woman. During a miserable weekend at a friend's wedding, Nora wanders off and walks through a portal into a different world where she's transformed from a drab grad student into a stunning beauty. Before long, she has a set of glamorous new friends and her romance with gorgeous, masterful Raclin is heating up. It's almost too good to be true.
Then the elegant veneer shatters. Nora's new fantasy world turns darker, a fairy tale gone incredibly wrong. Making it here will take skills Nora never learned in graduate school. Her only real ally and a reluctant one at that is the magician Aruendiel, a grim, reclusive figure with a biting tongue and a shrouded past. And it will take her becoming Aruendiel's student and learning magic herself to survive. When a passage home finally opens, Nora must weigh her real life against the dangerous power of love and magic.
For lovers of Lev Grossman's The Magicians series ("The Magicians "and "The Magician King") and Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy ("A Discovery of Witches" and "Shadow of Night").



About the Author
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, where she oversees international coverage. She lives in New Jersey.
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