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Christopher Barzak

Five Books About Magical Families

I’ve always been a huge fan of novels that span the lives of multiple generations of a particular family, and I’ve always been an even bigger fan of those novels that do so with a layer of magic limning the course of those families’ histories. Maybe it’s because I grew up on my grandparents’ farm in rural Ohio, where three (now four) generations of Barzaks have lived and continue living, with one main farmhouse, like a hearth, at the center of a larger family enterprise. A sense of history permeates places where the past is not only allowed but encouraged to linger in the present. And with history comes stories of ancestors whose actions have shaped the frame within which a current generation lives.

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