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Magic for Beginners By Kelly Link

Magic for Beginners
by Kelly Link

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In this dazzling collection, prize-winning short story writer Kelly Link takes the ordinary and makes it strange - and the strange and makes it ordinary. Engaging, funny, eerie and magical, these nine stories prove Link to be an original and important talent.

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Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

In this dazzling collection, prize-winning short story writer Kelly Link takes the ordinary and makes it strange - and the strange and makes it ordinary. Engaging, funny, eerie and magical, these nine stories prove Link to be an original and important talent.

Of all the books you read this year, this will be the one that you remember. Taking themes from horror and fantasy, these stories transform them into the stuff of delicate lyrical fantasy, with a distinctive and effervescent blend of humour and pathos.

In 'Stone Animals', a middle-class family moves from Manhattan to a beautiful house in the suburbs. Almost immediately, their belongings become haunted, and they are increasingly unnerved by the growing hordes of rabbits that camp out nightly on the front lawn. The title story follows a group of adolescent schoolfriends whose experiences subtly parallel events in a surreal TV fantasy series which switches channels and times at whim. In 'The Hortlak', an all-night convenience store serves zombies as an experiment in retail; while 'The Faery Handbag' features a village which takes refuge from time to time in a magical handbag.

Bold, tender, mischievous and unsettling, Link's stories have the insistent quality of dreams and show a writer at the height of her powers.

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Magic for Beginners Reviews


Praise for Kelly Link:

`A new collection by Kelly Link - and once more, for a little while, the world is worth saving.' Michael Chabon

`These stories will come alive, put on zoot suits and wrestle you to the ground.' Alice Sebold

`Dazzling, funny, scary and sexy, but only when they're not all of these at once. Kelly Link has strangeness, charm and spin to spare. Writers better than this don't happen.' Karen Joy Fowler

`The exact best and strangiest and funniest short story writer on earth.' Jonathan Lethem

`The most impressive writer of her generation.' Peter Straub

`Her stories have the vibrancy, the buzzing resonance and the oddly insistent quality of dreams.' New York Times

'Weird, funny, sad, scary, moving, hip, ingeniously executed and brilliantly written stuff.' Independent on Sunday

About Kelly Link


Kelly Link's first collection of short stories, `Stranger Things Happen' was a Salon Book of the Year. She is also the editor of the anthology `Trampoline' and co-editor of `The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror', as well as the magazine `Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet'. She lives in Massachusetts, USA, where she runs a publishing company, the Small Beer Press.

Additional information

GOR000960375
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
Kelly Link
Used - Very Good
Paperback
HarperCollins Publishers
2007-01-11
304
000724200X
9780007242009
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.