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Magical Realism for Non-Believers

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Erin K, Reviewer

My Recommendation

As someone who writes in the magical realism genre, I was intrigued by this book for the title alone. So, I feel very lucky to have happened upon a wonderful memoir that's filled with honesty and openness.

Fajardo spends her childhood in Minnesota with her mother, away from her father in Colombia. As a young woman, she journeys to her homeland to meet her father for the first time that she can ever remember. The story follows her path to accepting a father she never knew and what it means when one of your parents operates largely in secrets and omissions of the truth.

Fajardo has such a beautiful writing style that really lends itself to a memoir. She isn't afraid to speak about painful truths as she seeks to accept her history. The only weak area of the book happens when the middle chapters start to drag a little. Otherwise, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has a complicated family tree (who doesn't I guess.) They'll be treated to Fajardo's rich, descriptive prose that has made me an instant fan.

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