is one of the most beloved authors amongst Powell's staff, so when The Bone Clocks
was first rumored earlier this year, we began whispering about its release with impatient anticipation. The novel begins in 1984 with Holly Sykes, a British teenager who has decided to run away from home following a terrible fight with her mother. Holly has heard unexplained voices from a young age, and her journey starts a whirlwind of reality-shifting, multifaceted events that echo throughout the lives of a variety of characters — mortal and... slightly otherwise — for the next 60 years. With the sweeping global vision and ability to sum up whole eras of time that he's become known for, along with a fascinating dose of fantasy, The Bone Clocks
is David Mitchell's most enthralling and illuminating novel yet.
We're also thrilled to include Kelly Link's newly reissued collection of stories, Magic for Beginners. Called "dazzling" by Entertainment Weekly and "darkly playful" by Michael Chabon, Link's stories about witches, superheroes, haunted convenience stores, and more are charming, disturbing, funny, and unlike anything else you've read. Link has been a cult hero here at Powell's as well as out in the world for years — former employee and Glaciers author Alexis Smith raves, "Kelly Link is the future of American short fiction."
We hope you enjoy these two wildly inventive works in installment #49 of Indiespensable.