Magic for Beginners

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006 - Fiction - 297 pages
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Magic for Beginners is Kelly Link’s eagerly anticipated and critically acclaimed follow-up to her beloved debut, Stranger Things Happen. “Cumulatively weirder and wiser” (The Believer), this new story collection riffs on zombies, marriage, witches, superheroes, haunted convenience stores, and weekly apocalyptic poker parties, among other things.   Link’s work is truly unique. Time Out New York called her stories “cross-genre gems,” and her admirers in the literary community—from Peter Straub and Karen Joy Fowler to Alice Sebold and Michael Chabon—reflect the amazing range that makes her style so special. Call it kitchen sink magical realism: Fantastic and bizarre but funny and down to earth, there is something for everyone in Magic for Beginners.

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I enjoyed this collection of short stories in which the odd and familiar live side by side. Some of my favorite stories were "Catskin" and "Magic for Beginners."

Contents

The Faery Handbag i
11
The Hortlak
27
The Cannon
61
Catskin
125
Some Zombie Contingency Plans
159
The Great Divorce
187
Magic for Beginners
203
Lull
259
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KELLY LINK's stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, Conjunctions, The Dark, and elsewhere. Her honors include a Nebula Award and an NEA Literature Fellowship. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. Shelley Jackson has written and illustrated several books for children, including The Old Woman and the Wave (DK Children, 1998) and Sophia, the Alchemist's Dog (Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 2002). Her most recent book, The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice Harrington (FSG, 2007), received several awards and starred reviews. Shelley's books for adults include The Melancholy of Anatomy ( Anchor Books, 2002) and Half Life ( HarperCollins, 2006). She is well known for her pioneering cross-genre experiments such as her groundbreaking hypertext novel, Patchwork Girl, and her ongoing Skin Project, a novella published exclusively in the form of tattoos on the skin of volunteers, one word at a time. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. To learn more, please visit her website:http://ineradicablestain.com/

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