Magic for Beginners

Magic for Beginners Cover

Magic for Beginners

By Kelly Link; Shelley Jackson (Illustrator)

Harvest Books, Paperback, 9780156031875, 297pp.

Publication Date: September 5, 2006


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 communityfrom Peter Straub and Karen Joy Fowler to Alice Sebold and Michael Chabonreflect 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.


Praise For Magic for Beginners

PRAISE FOR MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS "One of current fiction's little-known treasures, [Link] spins her stories in such charming, matter-of-fact tones that you almost don't realize you're entering a hybrid world that's part Muggle and part magic . . . Link casts her spells like an expert."--Time

"A potent blend of horror and magic realism and postmodern absurdism . . . [Link’s] stories combine the everyday with the bizarre to powerful effect . . .That sort of resonance, that lingering, haunting effect, is the product of real magic, and Kelly Link is no doubt a sorceress to be reckoned with."-- The New York Times Book Review