Fantastical Fiction: Four Unusual (and Suitably Small) Gifts for the Holidays


Editor's Note: This post missed Christmas, but there's still (barely) time for Hanukkah (or, more likely, just a plain ol' present for yourself or loved one).

Are you searching for the perfect stocking stuffer, that elusive seventh- or eighth-day Hanukkah gift, or just in general need an unusual little book to surprise someone and tickle their fancy this holiday season? One of four recent releases, all slim, smartly designed fictions, might just do the trick….

The Ravickians by Renee Gladman—This account of a novelist’s explorations of an imaginary city continues Gladman’s Ravicka trilogy, with each book standing alone. Allied with the fiction of Italo Calvino, Doris Lessing, and others, The Ravickians is entertaining, thoughtful, and a quick read. As with everything published by the Dorothy Project, it’s also a lovely little book to hold in your hand. Opening lines: “To say you have been born in Ravicka in any other language than Ravic is to say you have been hungry. That is why this story must not be translated.”

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