First trade review of Magical Realism for Non-Believers

When I was a librarian, I wrote book reviews of women’s fiction for Library Journal and later for Publishers Weekly. Every couple of months or so I would get an advanced readers copy (ARC) sent to me with a Post-it indicating the review’s due date. The reviews followed a strict formula of relating the plot, including the characters’ names, and summarizing a recommendation.

Knowing that trade reviews follow strict guidelines helped me understand why and how my first review was structured and written the way it was. And I’m pleased with the result - a nice summary of the book with a great pull quote at the end. Thanks, Kirkus!

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