Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

From the publisher:

Best of the Decade: Salon, The Onion, HTML Giant, Village Voice

“Her exquisite stories mix the aggravations and epiphanies of everyday life with the stuff that legends, dreams and nightmares are made of, from pop culture to fairy tales. Some of these pieces are very scary, others are immensely sad, many are funny and all of them are written in prose so flawless you almost forget how much elemental human chaos they contain.”
Salon, Best of the Decade

Link’s engaging and funny second collection — call it kitchen-sink magical realism — riffs on haunted convenience stores, husbands and wives, rabbits, zombies, weekly apocalyptic poker parties, witches, superheroes, marriage, and cannons — and includes several new stories. Link is an original voice: no one else writes quite like this.

Seriously, Kelly Link is really great.

The ebook files don’t include the stories “The Faery Handbag” and “Magic for Beginners,” award winners and two of my favorites in the collection, but those stories are available to read free online; just click the links on their names.

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