The wildly varied, imaginative stories in Link’s latest collection tweak realism just enough to fill the book with an otherworldly magic, while insinuating that the malevolent forces snaking through the storylines occupy our world, too. This is a delicious, sinister collection that no short story lover should miss. Recommended By Rhianna W., Powells.com
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NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST FICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TIME AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BookPage • BuzzFeed • Chicago Tribune • Kirkus Reviews • NPR • San Francisco Chronicle • Slate • Toronto Star • The Washington Post
has been hailed by Michael Chabon as “the most darkly playful voice in
American fiction” and by Neil Gaiman as “a national treasure.” Now Kelly
Link’s eagerly awaited new collection—her first for adult readers in a
decade — proves indelibly that this bewitchingly original writer is among
the finest we have.
Link has won an ardent following for
her ability, with each new short story, to take readers deeply into an
unforgettable, brilliantly constructed fictional universe. The nine
exquisite examples in this collection show her in full command of her
formidable powers. In “The Summer People,” a young girl in rural North
Carolina serves as uneasy caretaker to the mysterious,
never-quite-glimpsed visitors who inhabit the cottage behind her house.
In “I Can See Right Through You,” a middle-aged movie star makes a
disturbing trip to the Florida swamp where his former on- and off-screen
love interest is shooting a ghost-hunting reality show. In “The New
Boyfriend,” a suburban slumber party takes an unusual turn, and a
teenage friendship is tested, when the spoiled birthday girl opens her
big present: a life-size animated doll.
Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz,
superheroes, the Pyramids... These are just some of the talismans of
an imagination as capacious and as full of wonder as that of any writer
today. But as fantastical as these stories can be, they are always
grounded by sly humor and an innate generosity of feeling for the
frailty — and the hidden strengths — of human beings. In Get in Trouble, this one-of-a-kind talent expands the boundaries of what short fiction can do.
“[Get in Trouble] resonates with depth and maturity, the sense of
a writer using genre for her purposes rather than the other way around.
. . . The stories here are effective because we believe them — not just
their situations but also their hearts. . . . [Kelly Link] has created a
series of fully articulated pocket universes, animated by a
three-dimensional sense of character, of life.” Los Angeles Times
“Marvelous . . . As a writer Kelly Link is possessed of many magical
powers, but to me what’s most notable about her new collection, Get in Trouble, is
its astonishing freedom. . . . Link knows there’s nothing she’s
‘supposed’ to do; her imaginative freedom is unmitigated by a need to
counterbalance the weirdness with explanation.” Meg Wolitzer, NPR
“Ridiculously brilliant . . . and entertaining as heck . . . These
stories make you laugh while staring into the void. By the end, they’ll
be with you sleeping and waking.” The Boston Globe
“Welcome to the fabulous mind of Kelly Link. . . . It has taken Link ten years to produce her new story collection, Get in Trouble, and it is just as brilliant as her last.” The New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice)
About the Author
Kelly Link is the author of the collections Get in Trouble, Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, and Pretty Monsters. She and Gavin J. Grant have co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and, for young adults, Monstrous Affections. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards.
She has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Link
was born in Miami, Florida. She currently lives with her husband and
daughter in Northampton, Massachusetts.