Sarah Addison Allen writes stories that, although ostensibly set in the real world, contain elements of the inexplicable – commonly thought of as magic. I’ve always enjoyed her novels because they always made me wonder ‘what if?’.
Recently, I’ve discovered this type of story is part of the magical realism genre of books. These are not fantasy books, in which totally new worlds are invented. Instead, they are novels that are grounded in the real world but include magical elements that are regarded as normal.
I’m telling you this because Sarah Addison Allen is presenting a “tiny, magical story every day until Christmas” on Instagram. They are very short, delightful stories that pique my imagination.
This is the ‘cover’ of the first story. It won’t take you long to catch up or you can savour each post more slowly. Such a treat.
If you check them out, let me know what you think.