Locus Award for best short story collection 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 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.
Kelly Link (born in 1969) is an American author. Her stories might be described as slipstream or magical realism: sometimes a combination of science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, and realism.
Link is a graduate of Columbia University in New York and the MFA program of UNC Greensboro. In 1995 she attended the Clarion East Writing Workshop.
Link and her husband Gavin Grant manage Small Beer Press, based in Northampton, Massachusetts. They also co-edit St. Martin's Press's Year's Best Fantasy and Horror anthology series, along with Ellen Datlow. Link has taught or visited at a number of schools and workshops.