Title: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic
Author: Emily Croy Barker
Age Range: Adult
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Witches
Length: 563 pages
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books | Penguin
Publication Date: August 1, 2013
Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, E-book, audio
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An imaginative story of a woman caught in an alternate world—where she will need to learn the skills of magic to survive.
Nora Fischer’s dissertation is stalled and her boyfriend is about to marry another woman. During a miserable weekend at a friend’s wedding, Nora wanders off and walks through a portal into a different world where she’s transformed from a drab grad student into a stunning beauty. Before long, she has a set of glamorous new friends and her romance with gorgeous, masterful Raclin is heating up. It’s almost too good to be true.
Then the elegant veneer shatters. Nora’s new fantasy world turns darker, a fairy tale gone incredibly wrong. Making it here will take skills Nora never learned in graduate school. Her only real ally—and a reluctant one at that—is the magician Aruendiel, a grim, reclusive figure with a biting tongue and a shrouded past. And it will take her becoming Aruendiel’s student—and learning magic herself—to survive. When a passage home finally opens, Nora must weigh her “real life” against the dangerous power of love and magic.
Out of habit, she stopped by the bookshelf in the living room to see if there was a paperback that she could stuff into her pocket for emergencies — you never knew when you might need a book to entertain and comfort and distract you in the day’s empty places.