I loved this one so much that I read it twice. This story of a boy named Daniel, whose father deals in antiquarian books and whose mother dies when he's very young, intertwines the world of fiction with the world of reality. I love books that blur those two worlds while maintaining an absolute strict adherence to realism. This book is not mystical, but it brings you to the edge of mysticism.
If for no other reason, you have to read this book just so you can meet my new absolute favorite literary character, Fermin. He is a hoot. He is both tragic and comic and will make you laugh so hard, you'll cry.