She has been hailed by Michael Chabon as âthe most darkly playful voice in American fictionâ and by Neil Gaiman as âa national treasure.â Now Kelly Linkâs eagerly awaited new collectionâher first for adult readers in a decadeâproves 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 âThe Summer People,â 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 âI Can See Right Through You,â 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 âThe New Boyfriend,â 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 frailtyâand the hidden strengthsâof human beings. In Get in Trouble, this one-of-a-kind talent expands the boundaries of what short fiction can do.
Praise for Get in Trouble
âRidiculously brilliant . . . These stories make you laugh while staring into the void.ââThe Boston Globe
âWhen it comes to literary magic, Link is the real deal: clever, surprising, affecting, fluid and funny.ââSan Francisco Chronicle
âWith every tale [Link] conjures a different universe, each more captivating than the last. . . . Youâll long to return the minute you leave. [Grade:] A.ââEntertainment Weekly
âMarvelous . . . As a writer Kelly Link is possessed of many magical powers, but to me whatâs most notable about [Get in Trouble] is its astonishing freedom.ââMeg Wolitzer, NPR
âSensational . . . Remain in your narrative comfort zone, or venture into Linkâs uncharted sea of troubles. Come on. Live a little.ââO: The Oprah Magazine
âThis is art that re-enchants the world. Who needs tediously believable situations, O. Henry endings or even truthfulness to life? Give us magic; give us wonder.ââThe Washington Post
âThe stories here are effective because we believe themânot just their situations but also their hearts.ââLos Angeles Times
âA zero-gravity vacation in a dust jacket.ââChicago Tribune
About: FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE | NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST FICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TIME AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BookPage â¢Â BuzzFeedÂ â¢ Chicago Tribune â¢Â Kirkus ReviewsÂ â¢ NPR â¢ San Francisco Chronicle â¢Â Slate â¢ Toronto StarÂ â¢Â The Washington PostShe has been hailed by Michael Chabon as âthe most darkly playful voice in American fictionâ and by Neil Gaiman as âa national treasure.
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