Another book-made-movie (although this one is definitely best off skipped), Winter's Tale is equal parts fantasy, history, romance, and philosophy. An absolutely epic saga, coming in at 748 pages, this book has something for everybody because there is, quite simply, SO MUCH. The book is big both literally and metaphorically, tackling the deepest questions of the meaning of life, the strength of love, and the cruel effects of the class system. Set in Belle Époque New York City, it tells the story of professional thief Peter Lake who falls in love with the fatally ill, upper class woman, Beverley Penn. Though not traditionally a fantasy novel (there are no magicians, other worlds, or even talking creatures) Winter's Tale is fantasy simply because of the depth with which it explores the little miracles and magic of the human life.
"She felt as if she knew the stars, and had been among them, or would be."
FOR FANS OF: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Outlander