If you’re looking for some short & sweet titles that will also make a big dent in your Adult Summer Reading Challenge, look no further! Two authors whose books will fulfill at least two (and in some instances four!) categories and are also a joy to read are:
Sarah Addison Allen and Sarah Kate Lynch–both of these writers use magical realism (bye bye “fantasy” category) and often have food centered plots (so long “food novel” category). And Ms. Lynch is from New Zealand and often stages her novels overseas so any of her novels will ALSO fulfill your “foreign writer/foreign setting” category. Make it a “reader’s choice” and you’ve knocked off a third of your challenge card with a single short & sweet read.
Josey Cirrini is “plain and just this side of plump” she lives with her domineering mother in an effort to make up for her tempestuous childhood. Josey finds joy in her closet, stacked with travel magazines, romance novels, and lots of delicious candy. Then one day she opens her closet door to find Della Lee Baker a waitress at the local greasy spoon. Josey doesn’t know who or what Della is hiding from but the young woman begins sending her on a series of missions that get Josey to step outside of the confines of her small life. A charming and lovely offering for the inimitable Sarah Addison Allen.
For more sweetly supernatural romances, check these out:
The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
The Law of Love by Laura Esquivel
An epic novel that tells the story of the Trueba family, and by extension the history of Chile, using Isabel Allende’s hallmarks of exquisite language and highly developed characters. Allende is a magician expertly weaving romance, politics, history, and family together in this evocative and stunning example of magical realism.
Looking for more? Here are 3 more examples of magical realism just waiting for you in the stacks:
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie