Pretty Monsters

Pretty Monsters

By Kelly Link; Shaun Tan (Illustrator)

Speak, Paperback, 9780142416723, 404pp.

Publication Date: June 10, 2010

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.

About the Author
Kelly Link is the author of two collections, "Stranger Things Happen", and "Magic For Beginners" (one of Time Magazine's Best Books of the Year). Stories from her collections have won the Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, Tiptree, and Locus awards, and her work has recently appeared in "A Public Space, Firebirds Rising", and "Best American"" Short Stories 2005". Link and Gavin J. Grant started Small Beer Press in 2000. They have published the zine "Lady Churchill s Rosebud Wristlet" ( Tiny, but celebrated Washington Post) for ten years. An anthology, "The Best of Lady Churchill s Rosebud Wristlet", will be published this autumn.

Shaun Tan ("A Day in the Life") grew up in Perth, Western Australia, and made up for the fact that he was the shortest kid in every class by being known as a "good drawer." Besides working full-time as an illustrator of his own stories, Shaun has worked as a designer in theater and film, and also directed the Academy Award winning short film The Lost Thing.