In Praise Of: Kelly Link

8th Apr 2016

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
Here at For Books’ Sake Towers, we’re over the moon to be celebrating all things Kelly Link this week. She’s one of our favourite authors, and we’re not alone - many wonderful folk such as Margaret Atwood, Sarah Waters and Neil Gaiman are big Kelly fans too..

Kelly Link has released several acclaimed short story collections; Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, and Pretty Monsters.

This week sees the release of the brand new paperback edition of her latest short story collection, Get in Trouble, and it doesn’t disappoint.

With each story, Kelly Link takes us deep into an unforgettable, brilliantly constructed universe. Strange, dark and wry, Get in Trouble stretches the boundaries of what fiction can do.

We are introduced to magical worlds profoundly steeped with the ordinary. Worlds that include imaginary boyfriends, hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers and iguanas.

It’s perhaps no surprise that Kelly Link has won three Nebulas, a Hugo and a World Fantasy Award. However, it’s not only the fantastical that ensures Kelly’s writing is a cut above the ordinary, but her brilliantly constructed sentences, her breathtaking eye for detail and sharp, meticulous characterisation.

Here are stories that explore what it feels like to be in love, to want to be in love, to be alone, to want to be alone, to be disappointed in people and to try again.

Kelly Link is the co-founder, along with her husband Gavin J. Grant, of the independent publishing company, Small Beer Press, which publishes fiction, zines and chapbooks and has been at the forefront of what some critics have named the ‘New Fabulism’ fiction that weaves the everyday with the fantastical.

Small Beer Press has won and been shortlisted for a whole host of awards and their books have published all over the world. They are also open for submissions.

To celebrate the release of Get in Trouble, Kelly’s UK publishers Canongate is offering For Books’ Sake readers based in the UK a chance to win a copy of both Get in Trouble and Pretty Monsters.

To enter, email us with the subject line ‘I love Kelly Link,’ by midnight on Friday 15th April 2016, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook for more ways to enter. Good luck!