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david wilson for the boston globe

Lev Grossman’s “The Magician’s Land,” published this summer, brings to an end a trilogy that also includes 2009’s “The Magicians” and 2011’s “The Magician King.”

Concluding the body of work “feels satisfying, very satisfying,” Grossman said, but hastened to add, “there’s a little bit of mourning involved.” After all, he said in a telephone interview, “there were some characters that I very much enjoyed being; I enjoyed writing in their voices. And I don’t think I ever will again . . . But there wasn’t any question in my mind that the story was done.”

For one thing, he said, his life is much happier now than when he began the trilogy.

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“I was in a very dark place, a very stuck place, a very lost place,” Grossman said. “One of the ways that I worked my way out of that was by writing the Magician books.”

Literature as a way to work through ideas and feelings is nothing new for Grossman, who grew up in Lexington among a family of writers (his mother and brother are fiction writers and his father, who died in June, was a poet). It was, he said, “a mixed blessing. Your house is full of books, and they’re everywhere, and people consider them important, and they consider writing a valuable thing to do with your life. But there are a lot of voices in that house . . . it can be a little bit hard to find your own voice.”

One way, Grossman discovered, was to strike out into his own genre. “It was a surprise to me when I became a fantasy novelist,” he said. “I had always intended to be a writer of literary fiction. The first time I wrote a scene in which someone casts a spell, the story just came pouring out of me. It felt very rebellions and forbidden and filthy; I had a strong sense that they’ll never let me get away with this, which is the best possible feeling to have when you’re writing a novel.”

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Grossman reads from “The Magician’s Land” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Brookline Booksmith.


Kate Tuttle, a writer and editor, can be reached at kate.tuttle@gmail.com.