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Stranger Things Happen

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Awards

A Salon.com Best Book of 2001.

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

This first collection by award-winning author Kelly Link, takes fairy tales and cautionary tales, dictators and extraterrestrials, amnesiacs and honeymooners, revenants and readers alike, on a voyage into new, strange, and wonderful territory. The girl detective must go to the underworld to solve the case of the tap-dancing bank robbers. A librarian falls in love with a girl whose father collects artificial noses. A dead man posts letters home to his estranged wife. Two women named Louise begin a series of consecutive love affairs with a string of cellists. A newly married couple become participants in an apocalyptic beauty pageant. Sexy blond aliens invade New York City. A young girl learns how to make herself disappear.

These eleven extraordinary stories are quirky, spooky, and smart. They all have happy endings. Every story contains a secret prize. Each story was written especially for you.

Stories from Stranger Things Happen have won the Nebula, Tiptree, and World Fantasy Award. Stranger Things Happen was a Salon Book of the Year, one of the Village Voice's 25 Favorite Books of 2001, and was nominated for the Firecracker Alternative Book Award.

Review:

"Link uses the nonsensical to illuminate truth, blurring the distinctions between the mundane and the fantastic to tease out the underlying meanings of modern life." Booklist

Review:

"An intrepid young woman described only as the Girl Detective, seeks her long-lost mother by paying a visit to the Underworld. A woman whose boyfriend went out to buy a pack of cigarettes and was last seen getting into the Snow Queen's sleigh embarks on a bloody-minded journey with the intention of dragging him back — or at least of giving him a piece of her mind. A librarian falls in love with a girl whose parents, between the two of them, have a wooden nose, a wooden leg, and a barnful of sinister black dogs. A not very good husband who can't quite remember his wife's name writes her woebegone letters from the deserted seaside hotel he's beginning to suspect might be a waystop on the path to the next world. Besotted newlyweds watch a televised beauty pageant whose contestants seem not entirely human (especially Miss New Jersey, who has horns and a tail). Kelly Link's exquisite stories mix the aggravations and epiphanies of everyday life with the stuff that myths, dreams, and nightmares are made of. Some of them are very scary, others are immensely sad, many are funny, and all of them are written in prose so flawless you almost forget how much elemental human chaos they contain." Laura Miller, "The Best Books of 2001," Salon.com

Synopsis:

A debut collection of extraordinary stories from an award-winning author.

About the Author

Kelly Link is the author of two collections, Magic for Beginners (chosen as a 2005 Best Book by Time Magazine, Salon.com, and Book Sense) and Stranger Things Happen. She is the editor of the anthology Trampoline. She and her husband Gavin J. Grant started Small Beer Press in 2000.

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Eric Watson, February 19, 2015 (view all comments by Eric Watson)
Kelly Link is probably my favorite short story author and this collection does not disappoint. My favorite story by her is "Stone Animals", which belongs to another collection. But the elements that make that short story my favorite (anxious anticipation, curious ambiguity, dark humor...) can be found in many of the stories in this book.
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Madeleine Mitchell, January 25, 2012 (view all comments by Madeleine Mitchell)
I have to admit that if I could, I would have also nominated Kelly Link's other two collections, "Magic for Beginners" and "Pretty Monsters" as well. I finally chose "Stranger Things Happen" because it was the collection that started me on my Kelly Link kick (I read all three collections in a month). Link's style is touch odd (which I love), her prose is both lyrical and a little disjointed, her stories are a touch creepy and/or dark and/or just plain strange. The stories in "Stranger Things Happen" keep you on your toes, make you laugh and get that prickly feeling at the back of your neck and honestly make you think. You don't want to read these stories on cruise-control. Most of them have good meat on them, and some of that meat takes a little work, but I can honestly say that when you're done, you'll feel full and satisfied.
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montoure, January 28, 2011 (view all comments by montoure)
I'm so glad I listened to all the friends who told me I needed to read this book. Kelly Link shares stories that unfold like dreams, could be classed as urban fantasy or magical realism, but that really just stand apart as a genre unto themselves, leaving the reader without the comfort of the familiar. These stories have stayed in my head long after I actually read the book, creeping back into my conscious thoughts like a memory of an uncertain encounter.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781931520003
Author:
Link, Kelly
Publisher:
New Harvest
Location:
Brooklyn, NY
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
75
Publication Date:
20010731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.44 lb

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Product details 224 pages New Harvest - English 9781931520003 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Link uses the nonsensical to illuminate truth, blurring the distinctions between the mundane and the fantastic to tease out the underlying meanings of modern life."
"Review" by , "An intrepid young woman described only as the Girl Detective, seeks her long-lost mother by paying a visit to the Underworld. A woman whose boyfriend went out to buy a pack of cigarettes and was last seen getting into the Snow Queen's sleigh embarks on a bloody-minded journey with the intention of dragging him back — or at least of giving him a piece of her mind. A librarian falls in love with a girl whose parents, between the two of them, have a wooden nose, a wooden leg, and a barnful of sinister black dogs. A not very good husband who can't quite remember his wife's name writes her woebegone letters from the deserted seaside hotel he's beginning to suspect might be a waystop on the path to the next world. Besotted newlyweds watch a televised beauty pageant whose contestants seem not entirely human (especially Miss New Jersey, who has horns and a tail). Kelly Link's exquisite stories mix the aggravations and epiphanies of everyday life with the stuff that myths, dreams, and nightmares are made of. Some of them are very scary, others are immensely sad, many are funny, and all of them are written in prose so flawless you almost forget how much elemental human chaos they contain."
"Synopsis" by ,
A debut collection of extraordinary stories from an award-winning author.
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