““Everyone in the Olina family, living and dead, knows that Magel keeps human body parts in her freezer.”
From the beginning of the novel, the provocative story defies the Minnesota-nice stereotype while inhabiting the territory of Fargo, the movie and mini-series, in all its darkly humorous glory. Magel’s Daughter highlights the deadly manipulation of matriarchal power within a Norwegian family in northern Minnesota, a chilly world of hallucination, incest, and severed heads. It is wickedly funny with a touch of magical realism.
On the surface, it is an episodic blitz through the last days of Karin Brix’s sanity. By the end, Karin has lost it, and it’s all her mother’s fault. Magel is a classic femme fatale who has grown old and spoiled everyone’s lives just like her mother, and her mother’s mother. Magel is the reigning matriarch, and Karin is on her way to becoming just like her, though struggling to reclaim herself as an artist after years of raising two sons in an unsatisfying marriage. Karin is assisted in her endeavors by lively hallucinations of her ancestors. And during Karin’s struggles, her father’s glass eye weaves through her imagination as the only sound counsel amid the chaos.
This is a work of unbridled inventiveness and rare insight that takes the reader on an unexpected joy ride through uncharted waters. Buckle up! And prepare to be astonished.”
Targeted Age Group: Adult
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About the Author:
“Nancy Baker is the author of the novels Magel’s Daughter and the sequel, Magel’s Ghost. The books were first published by Northstar Press in 2010 and later re-released in 2014 by Calumet Editions. The books were inspired by her upbringing in Northern Minnesota, albeit a far more normal childhood than
those portrayed in the novels.
Her next three books form a trilogy titled The Mac Series. The first book Island Adrift was published in 2008. The following novel, Ithaka, was published in 2013 the third, rounding out the trilogy is Gitchee Gume which will be released in 2015. The inspiration for the trilogy stems from personal significant turns along her spiritual path.