She has been hailed by Michael Chabon as "the most darkly playful voice in American fiction" and by Neil Gaiman as "a national treasure." Now Kelly Link's eagerly awaited new collection - her first for adult listeners in a decade - proves indelibly that this bewitchingly original writer is among the finest we have.
Link has won an ardent following for her ability, with each new short story, to take listeners deeply into an unforgettable, brilliantly constructed fictional universe. The nine exquisite examples in this collection show her in full command of her formidable powers. In "The Summer People," a young girl in rural North Carolina serves as uneasy caretaker to the mysterious, never-quite-glimpsed visitors who inhabit the cottage behind her house. In "I Can See Right Through You," a middle-aged movie star makes a disturbing trip to the Florida swamp where his former on- and off-screen love interest is shooting a ghost-hunting reality show. In "The New Boyfriend," a suburban slumber party takes an unusual turn, and a teenage friendship is tested, when the spoiled birthday girl opens her big present: a life-size animated doll.
Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the Pyramids... These are just some of the talismans of an imagination as capacious and as full of wonder as that of any writer today. But as fantastical as these stories can be, they are always grounded by sly humor and an innate generosity of feeling for the frailty - and the hidden strengths - of human beings. In Get in Trouble, this one-of-a-kind talent expands the boundaries of what short fiction can do.
Read by a Full Cast:
"The Summer People"... read by Grace Blewer
"I Can See Right Through You"... read by Kirby Heyborne
"Secret Identity"... read by Tara Sands
"Valley of the Girls"... read by Robbie Daymond
"Origin Story"... read by Rebecca Lowman
"The Lesson"... read by Cassandra Campbell
"The New Boyfriend"... read by Ish Klein
"Two Houses" ... read by Susan Duerden
"Light" ... read by Kirsten Potter
"Kelly Link is one of my all-time favorite writers, and the fact that she's living and is still getting better? By God, that's a small club. She is unique. You know who else would love her? Kafka and Lewis Carroll. Like them, she knows things the rest of us don't. But she also knows things we all know: 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, to try again. She makes those old heartbreaks glow with strange new lights." (Arthur Phillips)
"Kelly Link is the author whose books I would take to the proverbial desert island, because her books are dream oases. Each one of these 'short stories' feels infinitely vast once you are inside it, like the enchanted castles and bottomless wells in fairy tales. Link's work is always darkly funny, sexy, frightening, and truly weird - she can dismantle and remake the world in a paragraph. Since Magic for Beginners, I've been pacing the docks, waiting for more Kelly Link. Get in Trouble offers further proof that she belongs on every reader's bookshelf." (Karen Russell)
"Link's stories are always a treat, and Get in Trouble contains some of her best writing yet. Richly imagined, intellectually teasing: These are not so much small fictions as windows onto entire worlds. This is a brilliant, giddying read." (Sarah Waters)
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Great stories, wildly uneven narrator quality
The stories are imaginative, clever, and captivating.
Immy in The New Boyfriend. Relatable, believable as a teenage girl.
Complicated question. A few of the narrators were terrific. Some were fine. Some were really, really terrible. I only want to replace the terrible ones.
- J. Horn