Magic Street

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Del Rey/Ballantine Books, 2005 - Fiction - 397 pages
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Orson Scott Card has the distinction of having swept both the Hugo and Nebula awards in two consecutive years with his amazing novels Ender' s Game and Speaker for the Dead. For a body of work that ranges from science fiction to nonfiction to plays, Card has been recognized as an author who provides vivid, colorful glimpses between the world we know and worlds we can only imagine.
In a peaceful, prosperous African American neighborhood in Los Angeles, Mack Street is a mystery child who has somehow found a home. Discovered abandoned in an overgrown park, raised by a blunt-speaking single woman, Mack comes and goes from family to family- a boy who is at once surrounded by boisterous characters and deeply alone. But while Mack senses that he is different from most, and knows that he has strange powers, he cannot possibly understand how unusual he is until the day he sees, in a thin slice of space, a narrow house. Beyond it is a backyard- and an entryway into an extraordinary world stretching off into an exotic distance of geography, history, and magic.
Passing through the skinny house that no one else can see, Mack is plunged into a realm where time and reality are skewed, a place where what Mack does and sees seem to have strange affects in the " real world" of concrete, cars, commerce, and conflict. Growing into a tall, powerful young man, pursuing a forbidden relationship, and using Shakespeare' s Midsummer' s Night Dream as a guide into the vast, timeless fantasy world, Mack becomes a player in an epic drama. Understanding this drama is Mack' s challenge. His reward, if he can survive the trip, is discovering not only who hereally is . . . but why he exists.
Both a novel of constantly surprising entertainment and a tale of breathtaking literary power, Magic Street is a masterwork from a supremely gifted, utterly original American writer- a novel that uses realism and fantasy to delight, challenge, and satisfy on the most profound levels.

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User Review  - AltheaAnn - LibraryThing

As with all of Card's books, this most recent of his is very well written. It takes place in an upper-middle-class black american community. Card's afterword makes much of how he had his black friend ... Read full review

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User Review  - BooksOn23rd - LibraryThing

MAGIC STREET, by Orson Scott Card, is a little bit Alice in Wonderland and a whole lot of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The character names are familiar; there’s Puck, Oberon, Tatania. But the main ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Orson Scott Card burst on the scene in the early 1980s as a short-story writer, whose highly praised work appeared frequently in Omni and other magazines. He is the award-winning author of Enchantment, Ender’s Game, and the Alvin Maker series, among other novels. Card lives with his family in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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