By Kelly Link

“An alchemical mixture of Borges, Raymond Chandler and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”—Salon.com (Best of the Year)

“A pleasant collection.”—Cleveland simple Dealer

“My favourite fable writer.”—Alan Cheuse, All issues Considered

"Link's tales defy clarification, or a minimum of, short precis, as a substitute engaged on the aircraft among dream and cognitive dissonance. they're actual to themselves: witty, attractive, humorous, and startling."—Rain Taxi

"Link makes use of the nonsensical to light up fact, blurring the differences among the mundane and the glorious to tease out the underlying meanings of contemporary life."—Booklist

"The eleven fantasies during this first assortment from emerging big name hyperlink are so quirky and exuberantly imagined that one is definitely distracted from their unusually severe underpinnings of non-public discomfort and emotional estrangement."
Publishers Weekly

Kelly Link's number of tales, Stranger issues Happen, rather scores.
—Daniel Mendelsohn, New York Magazine

"A greatly attractive booklet, and fans of brief fiction should still fall over themselves getting out the door to discover a copy."
Washington put up e-book World

"Stylistic pyrotechnics illuminate a extraordinary yet emotionally fair panorama. Link's a author to watch."
Kirkus Reviews

"A set of news which are via turns miraculous, humorous, frightening, and horny, yet purely while they are not all of those without delay. Kelly hyperlink has strangeness, appeal and spin to spare. Writers higher than this do not happen."
—Karen pleasure Fowler

"Kelly hyperlink is without doubt one of the most sensible brief tale author at present available in the market, in any style or none. She places one observe after one other and makes genuine magic with them-funny, relocating, smooth, courageous and hazardous. She is exclusive, and will be declared a countrywide treasure, and doubtless surrounded normally by means of a cordon of armed marines."
—Neil Gaiman

"Kelly hyperlink is the precise most sensible and strangest and funniest brief tale author on the earth that you've by no means heard of on the certain second you're studying those phrases and making them a little inexact. Now pay for the book."
—Jonathan Lethem

The 11 tales in Kelly Link’s debut assortment are humorous, spooky, and shrewdpermanent. all of them have satisfied endings. They have been all particularly written for you. A better of the yr choose from Salon.com, Locus, The Village Voice, and San Francisco Chronicle. comprises Nebula, international fable, and Tiptree award-winning stories.

Kelly Link is the writer of 3 collections of brief fiction Stranger issues Happen, Magic for Beginners, and Pretty Monsters. Her brief tales have received 3 Nebula, a Hugo, and a global myth Award. She was once born in Miami, Florida, and as soon as received a unfastened journey worldwide by way of answering the query “Why do you need to move during the world?” (”Because you can’t battle through it.”)

Link lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, the place she and her husband, Gavin J. furnish, run Small Beer Press, co-edit the myth half The Year’s most sensible fable and Horror, and play ping-pong. In 1996 they startd the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.

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