Magic for Beginners

Kelly Link

Of all the books you read this year, this will be the one that you remember. Taking themes from horror and fantasy, these stories transform them into the stuff of delicate lyrical fantasy, with a distinctive and effervescent blend of humour and pathos. In ‘Stone Animals’, a middle-class family moves from Manhattan to a beautiful house in the suburbs. Almost immediately, their belongings become haunted, and they are increasingly unnerved by the growing hordes of rabbits that camp out nightly on the front lawn. The title story follows a group of adolescent schoolfriends whose experiences subtly parallel events in a surreal TV fantasy series which switches channels and times at whim. In ‘The Hortlak’, an all-night convenience store serves zombies as an experiment in retail; while ‘The Faery Handbag’ features a village which takes refuge from time to time in a magical handbag. Bold, tender, mischievous and unsettling, Link’s stories have the insistent quality of dreams and show a writer at the height of her powers.

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