Name That Genre for Nancy Pearl

On NPR’s Morning Edition today, Nancy Pearl presented her favorite “under the radar” reads. She also asked listeners to come up with a name for an emerging genre; ” fiction that is mostly realistic, but every once in a while zigs confidently into fantasy.” Some call this magical realism, but that term seems to be confined to books from Latin America. She’s looking for a name to apply to book like Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay (Roc, April), and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury, 2004).

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Her under-the-radar reads range from older books (the recently republished 1962 memoir, Instead of a Letter by Diana Athill (Norton) to newer (Michael Guber’s Good Son, Holt, May and S.J. Boton’s Blood Harvest, Minotaur, June).

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3 Responses to “Name That Genre for Nancy Pearl”

  1. Rachel Nelson Says:

    Lev Grossman (The Magicians) took a stab at renaming it a couple of months ago. I can’t quite get behind his slipstream proposal.

  2. Jackie Clark Says:

    My suggestinon is Fantastic Realism.

  3. Jackie Clark Says:

    My suggestion is Fantastic Realism.