July 1, 2014: New edition! Random House has just re-released Magic for Beginners with a newly designed cover and an added conversation between Joe Hill and Kelly Link.
Perfect for readers of George Saunders, Karen Russell, Neil Gaiman, and Aimee Bender, Magic for Beginners is an exquisite, dreamlike dispatch from a virtuoso storyteller who can do seemingly anything. Kelly Link reconstructs modern life through an intoxicating prism, conjuring up unforgettable worlds with humor and humanity. These stories are at once ingenious and deeply moving. They leave the reader astonished and exhilarated.
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I love this book ferociously. It was the only thing I genuinely enjoyed in four years of high-school English reading. I don’t think I would be doing what I do without it.
I taught it to high-school students in a short fiction writing seminar this past spring and they also loved it. Like, came up to me after class to tell me how good it is. They did not know short stories could be that cool, or that short stories could mention Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or that a short story could take the form of a Q&A.We all wished we could watch episodes of “The Library” and we all came up with our own zombie contingency plans.
And then they wrote really really good fiction. It was so cool. Maybe in ten years they’ll teach it to a new generation of fourteen-year-olds, too.