Magic For Beginners

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Kelly Link's highly anticipated second collection of stories.

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Link's stories are engaging and funny - call them kitchen-sink magical realism. They riff on haunted convenience stores, husbands and wives, rabbits, zombies, weekly apocalyptic poker parties, witches, superheroes, marriage, and cannons. Link is an original voice - no one else writes stories quite like these.

MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS includes several new stories as well as work previously published in MCSWEENEY'S MAMMOTH TREASURY OF THRILLING TALES, CONJUNCTIONS, and THE DARK.


  • The Faery Handbag
  • The Hortlak
  • The Cannon
  • Stone Animals
  • Catskin
  • Some Zombie Contingency Plans
  • The Great Divorce
  • Magic for Beginners
  • Lull

  • 'A new collection by Kelly Link - and once more, for a little while, the world is worth saving.' -Michael Chabon

    'These stories will come alive, put on zoot suits, and wrestle you to the ground.' -Alice Sebold

    'The exact best and strangest and funniest short story writer on earth that you have never heard of at the exact moment you are reading these words and making them slighly inexact. Now pay for the book.' -Jonathan Lethem

    'A joy. I've not been so moved, and affected - and dammit, yes, inspired - by a book for a long time.' -China Mieville

    Staff Review:
    Now out in paperback, this collection of short stories is totally spooky, clever and haunting. Even if you don't consider yourself a fan of fantasy or sci-fi, these stories will still charm you. Like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it's not so much the vampire mythology that hooks you as it is the characters, the writing and how real it feels and yet, yeah, there's magic in it.
    -Rachel Whang, Atomic Books Blog

    Additional Information

    Author Kelly Link
    Publisher Random House
    Page Count 352pp
    Publication Size 5.25 x 8.5
    Publication Notes Paperback
    Publication Date July 2014
    ISBN 978-0812986518

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