Magel’s Daughter

Published Date: August 1, 2014

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Everyone in the Olina family, living and dead, knows that Magel keeps human body parts in her freezer.

The first of Baker’s two Magel novels, dark comedies laced with magical realism. Both books were inspired by her upbringing in Northern Minnesota, albeit a far more normal childhood than those portrayed in the novels.

FIVE STARS. “BUCKLE UP and get ready for one insane trip. From the first sentence, you’re immediately sucked into the Olina family’s dark and eerie web of secrets. Magel is one crazy b****, and her machinations are driving her daughter Karin insane–literally. I really loved each and every character in this novel–they are completely insane, yet somehow still relatable. Most of the time I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or scream. What a refreshingly original read.”

“Many have said this novel reminds them of Fargo, but I think this series completely blows Fargo out of the lake. Way more nuanced and unexpected, and I really enjoyed the dark and mythical overtones. Well worth a read, especially if you’re into psychosis, Norse mythology, and enjoy inappropriate laughter!”

“FIVE STARS. “Magel’s Daughter not only shocks, but provokes side-splitting laughter, and actually makes a kind of perverted sense out of all the shenanigans. I promise you this–you won’t know where it’s going, how you got there, or where all this stuff came from. It’s a carousel ride at warp speed.”

“This book reminded me of the movie “Fargo” with its Minnesota-Norwegian accents and attitudes, and dark humor. But in its inventiveness, I’d have to say it’s even weirder and funnier.”

“INTERESTING! Strange calling upon strange, deep calling upon deep, creepy calling upon creepy could very well sum up this book. It is a book that slithers into the dark side of a family in so many ways. . . . This story delivers what it says it will, entertaining in a different way.”

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