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Staff Pick: Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link


Kelly Link's subtly dark and mystical short stories will make your day to day life feel slightly more interesting and fantastic than it typically seems. Bits of horror and magic are sprinkled throughout these stories, and Link's voice navigates them with a modern candor that will appeal to literature fans and fantasy readers alike. She is probably a wizard, and the book has a ferret on the cover. You wish that you had a ferret, because it's like if a rat ate a slinky. Reading this book will let NASA take you into outer space without having to undergo any of the training. It is a very good book. It will do your taxes and tell you that you look really good in that outfit. If you read it, your parents will probably get back together.


From the publisher: 

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 BeginnersRandom House, $16.00

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