Nancy Baker

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.

– oscar wilde
  1. Island Adrift
  2. Magel’s Daughter
  3. Magel’s Ghost

Island Adrift

Island Adrift opens in Grand Cayman three days before hurricane Ivan makes landfall in September 2004. Christine Johnson faces the impending. Ivan alone in her apartment as her friends are all off island, including Mac…

Mac is her friend and mentor whose identity remains ambiguous throughout the story. In the beginning he is missing and believed to be dead, only to make a sudden appearance. To some he is the returned Christ, to others, a wise man, and to his cousin, a threat.

The action continues through the devastation of the hurricane and the troubled aftermath. Christine struggles to return order to her disrupted life with the help of Mac’s provocative message and example. Island Adrift is the first in a series of The Mac Books.

  1. Island Adrift
  2. Magel’s Daughter
  3. Magel’s Ghost

Magel’s Daughter

From the beginning of the novel, the provocative nature of the texts defies the Minnesota nice stereotype, which is at once, refreshing and original.

Magel’s Daughter highlights the deadly manipulations and subterfuge of matriarchal power within a Norwegian family. It is a dark comedy with a touch of magical realism. On the surface it’s a rapidly paced episodic blitz through the last days of Karin Brix’s sanity.

She’s lost it by the end and it’s all her mother’s fault. Magel is a classic femme fatale who grows old and spoils everyone’s lives just like her mother and her mother before her. This is all set in Northern Minnesota, a chilly world of hallucination, incest, and severed heads.

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The demons that harass and embrace Magel’s daughter, Karin, are, interestingly, the same demons she harasses and embraces, monsters as ancient as the Norse god Odin. Is Karin’s strategy to slay those

demons or become one herself? Hold onto your hat, hide the lutefisk, and sample Baker’s dark and honest tale. See if you are unchanged by the encounter, by the horror, the horror. Charles Locks, Author of Greater Trouble in the Lesser Antilles Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards Midwest Independent Publishers Association

Nothing remotely like Magel’s Daughter has ever come out of Minnesota. Nancy Baker pulls no punches when writing about Scandinavian family dysfunction–especially among the women. Gall bladders, tonsils,

baby teeth and false eyes are never thrown away, and the sexy, evil women of Magel’s family pursue their neurotic desires even after death. This is raunchy, hilarious fiction. Ian Graham Leask, host of Minnesota’s KFAI’s "Write On! Radio"

Not only are Nancy Baker’s characters fresh and her territory unusual but she takes you to a place you are unlikely to find on your own – Norwegians in

Minnesota. Baker manages to speak with an original and competent voice. Nothing is more important to the avid reader. C. B. Murphy Author of Cute Eats Cute

Strange calling upon strange, deep calling upon deep, creepy calling upon creepy that could very well sum up this book. It is a book that slithers into the dark side of a family in so many ways. Body parts kept in the freezer? Gross! Although I had to chuckle, families can keep some strange memories. As the family gathers for holiday celebrations, we meet each one, Most definitely have different personalities. I was hoping Karen would bring some normalcy to the family, at first I thought

there was hope, but it was soon lost. I did like the Norwegian flare and some of their customs that was interesting, The spirits of dead relations definitely brought some humor but also a big slice of weird. This story delivers what it says it will, entertaining in a different way. I don’t think this was easy to write and the author did a good job at bringing forth what she set out to do. Shirley Johnson, Senior Reviewer Midwest Book Review

    1. Island Adrift
    2. Magel’s Daughter
    3. Magel’s Ghost

    Magel’s Ghost

    Magel’s Ghost, the sequel to Magel’s Daughter, continues the story of Karin as she relocates to Minneapolis. Magel has now joined the hallucinatory gathering and continues to harass Karin from beyond the grave.

    Hagan, her demented cousin, assists her in the quest for power in the art community. Hagan’s role is to dispose of any real or imagined enemies using his expertise as a master butcher. The responsibility of maintaining the purity of the family’s Norwegian genealogy rests on Hagan’s skills.

    The characters caught in Karin’s web, involve the grandfather, father, and son of a wealthy Minneapolis family. She is at once the ultimate fantasy and lover to all three men. The ripple effect of her destructive psychosis is hilarious.

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    This book has everything!  Humor, romance, intrigue and a healthy dose of the unimaginable will keep you suspended through page after page.  For those of you who can't drive by a train wreck without craning

    your neck, this is a definite must read!  This is your chance to see the very essence of evil in the human soul from the safety of your own living room. Shawn Remfry

    Baker has truly outdone herself with this insanely unique tale of a family divided. I found myself glued to each and every page. The characters will have you laughing so hard your sides will hurt. Baker combines

    dark humor with a unique paranormal twist that will have you reeling for more. The women in Baker’s novel–both living and dead–are hilariously crazy. If they don’t entertain you, nothing will. Jennifer Shaw Booknoise

      Nancy Baker

      Her education has taken a varied and unusual route. She holds a BFA from the College of Art and Design in Minneapolis and worked in the field of Grapthic Design for ten years. At the same time she took night classes at The Loft Literary Center and has been writing ever since.

      At the start of her writing career she produced several children’s stories and adult short stories. She is married and the mother of four children who supply her with endless material.

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