Patricia’s Winter Picks

Winter is when I’m reminded that there is magic.  There is something about the slowly lengthening days that makes me believe that anything is possible.  Even stories like these:


Just like Tori Amos,
“I get a little warm in my heart / When I think of winter”

museumThe Museum of Extraordinary Things* by Alice Hoffman

Coralie Sardie is the mermaid in her father’s Coney Island freakshow, The Museum of Extraordinary Things.  She meets Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant / photographer and they become involved in the mystery of a missing young woman.

The Crane Wife* by Patrick Nesscrane

George Duncan is a lonely American in London in this retelling of the Japanese folktale, which happens to be one of my favourites.  I imagine myself pairing this one with The Decembrist’s album of the same name, also one of my favourites.

boysnowBoy, Snow, Bird* by Helen Oyemi

Have you ever wanted a fresh start?  Boy Novak does.  She moves to a small town in Massachusetts where she meets and falls for Arturo Whitman.  When she gives birth to his daughter, Bird, a family secret is revealed…

The Swan Gondola by Timothy Schaffertswan

Loved Water for Elephants?  How about The Night Circus?  If so, this one is for you.  Ferret is a conman and ventriloquist.  Cecily plays Marie Antoinette in the Chamber of Horrors at the Omaha World Fair.  They meet.  They fall in love…

mancameA Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain* by Adrianne Harun

In a dead-end town in our own British Columbia, girls are disappearing and outsiders have arrived.  If you loved Alexei Zentner‘s Touch (and are waiting for his newest, The Lobster Kings to come out), check out this blend of magic realism and folklore.

On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Leesuchfull

Fan, a young Chinese-American woman leaves the safety of her home in search of her missing lover, Reg in this dystopian work.

Though technically not a Winter Pick, I’m excited that Sergei Lukyanenko’s Watch series about vampires in Moscow is back in print in anticipation of the release of New Watch this April.

Wishing you a bit of reading magic this winter!


*Many thanks to NetGalley and Edelweiss for providing egalleys of these titles.

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