Pretty Monsters: Stories

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Speak, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 404 pages
The crossover literary in paperback!

Through the lens of Kelly Link's vivid imagination, nothing is what it seems, and everything deserves a second look. From the multiple award- winning "The Faery Handbag," in which a teenager's grandmother carries an entire village (or is it a man-eating dog?) in her handbag, to the near-future of "The Surfer," whose narrator (a soccer-playing skeptic) waits with a planeload of refugees for the aliens to arrive, these ten stories are funny and full of unexpected insights and skewed perspectives on the world. Kelly Link's fans range from Michael Chabon to Peter Buck of R.E.M. to Holly Black of Spiderwick Chronicles fame. Now teens can have their world rocked too!

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User Review  - michaeladams1979 -

I kind of fell in love with this book, specifically the story "Magic for Beginners" and kind of went on a Kelly Link binge, grabbing all her other collections. Sadly, I have found those other ... Read full review

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User Review  - krau0098 - LibraryThing

This was a collection of nine stories by Link. Some of them were really good and some were just so-so. Like most short story collections there is a lot of variability. My favorites were “The Faery ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Kelly Link lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she and her husband, Gavin J. Grant, run Small Beer Press and publish the zine Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet (

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