She has been hailed by Michael Chabon as ';the most darkly playful voice in American fiction'; by Neil Gaiman as ';a national treasure'; and by Karen Russell as ';Franz Kafka with a better understanding of ladies' footwear and bad first dates.' Now Kelly Link's eagerly awaited new collectionher first for adult readers in a decadeproves 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 takes 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 frailtyand the hidden strengthsof human beings. In Get in Trouble, this one-of-a-kind talent expands the boundaries of what short fiction can do. Advance praise for Get in Trouble ';Kelly Link is the author whose books I would take to the proverbial desert island, because her books are dream oases. Each one of these ';short stories' feels infinitely vast once you are inside it, like the enchanted castles and bottomless wells in fairy tales. Link's work is always darkly funny, sexy, frightening, and truly weirdshe can dismantle and remake the world in a paragraph. Since Magic for Beginners, I've been pacing the docks, waiting for more Kelly Link. Get in Trouble offers further proof that she belongs on every reader's bookshelf.'Karen Russell';Kelly Link is inimitable. Her stories are like nothing else, dark yet sparkling with her unique brand of fairy dust, wonderfully strange but still familiar and real. Get in Trouble is filled with pocket universes, each tale containing so much more than its length might suggest and crackling with the unexpected: the most marvelous kind of trouble to get in.'Erin Morgenstern ';Kelly Link is one of my all-time favorite writers, and the fact that she's living and is still getting better? By God, that's a small club. She is unique. You know who else would love her? Kafka and Lewis Carroll. Like them, she knows things the rest of us don't. But she also knows things we all know: what it feels like to be in love, to want to be in love, to be alone, to want to be alone, to be disappointed in people, to try again. She makes those old heartbreaks glow with strange new lights.'Arthur Phillips ';Like Kafka hosting Saturday Night Live, Link mixes humor with existential dread. . . . [Her] characters, driven by yearning and obsession, not only get in trouble but seek trouble outto spectacular effect.'Publishers Weekly (starred review)From the Hardcover edition.
Get in Trouble Stories
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