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Ask Your Friendly Neighbourhood Lesbrarian # 8: LGBTQ Magic Realism

Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian

My friend L writes:

Any (well written!) magic realism books with LGTBQ characters? Preferably not YA or NA.

Any books where a queer woman protagonist is a scientist of some kind and that’s not used as a shorthand for her queerness?


Hello friend!

Well isn’t that sneaky of you, getting in two questions for the price of one!  I think for now let’s deal with LGBTQ magic realist books and I will save queer lady scientists for next time.  I’m excited about this question, because magic realism is so fun to read.  Also, this is a challenging question for a few reasons: a) there seems to be more queer magic realism in the YA category than others, for some reason and b) defining what is magic realism and what is not is kind of tricky.

So what is magic realism exactly, and how is it different from fantasy and other…

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