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Myla GoldbergMagic realism has undergone a change since Gabriel Garcia Marquez first graced his novels with magic carpets and melancholy ghosts. The new generation of magic realists, suckled on comic books and science fiction, features the fantastical rather than diverting it to a story's margins. Chris Adrian's excellent first novel, Gob's Grief, placed him among the top ranks of these writers. His second, The Children's Hospital, confirms that he is possessed of the imagination, ambition and deep-veined intellect that will allow this evolving literary movement to deliver on its possibilities.
—The New York Times