Magic For Beginners
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Magic For Beginners

by Kelly Link
Release date: 2005
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, short stories
Tags: bsfa award, locus award

Locus Award for best short story collection 2006.


  • The Faery Handbag – Hugo Award 2005, the Nebula Award 2006, the Locus Award 2005 for best novelette
  • The Hortlak
  • The Cannon
  • Stone Animals
  • Catskin
  • Some Zombie Contingency Plans
  • The Great Divorce
  • Magic for Beginners – Nebula Award 2006 and Locus Award 2006 for best novella, the British SF Award 2006 for best short fiction
  • Lull

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 Beginners.

(updated 2019-03-16)

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