Get in Trouble

Get in Trouble

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eBook - 2015
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FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE � NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST FICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TIME AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BookPage • BuzzFeed • Chicago Tribune • Kirkus Reviews • NPRSan Francisco Chronicle • SlateToronto Star • The Washington PostShe 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 readers 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 readers 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. Praise for Get in Trouble"Ridiculously brilliant . . . These stories make you laugh while staring into the void."—The Boston Globe "When it comes to literary magic, Link is the real deal: clever, surprising, affecting, fluid and funny."—San Francisco Chronicle "With every tale [Link] conjures a different universe, each more captivating than the last. . . . You'll long to return the minute you leave. [Grade:] A."—Entertainment Weekly "Marvelous . . . As a writer Kelly Link is possessed of many magical powers, but to me what's most notable about [Get in Trouble] is its astonishing freedom."—Meg Wolitzer, NPR "Sensational . . . Remain in your narrative comfort zone, or venture into Link's uncharted sea of troubles. Come on. Live a little."—O: The Oprah Magazine "This is art that re-enchants the world. Who needs tediously believable situations, O. Henry endings or even truthfulness to life? Give us magic; give us wonder."—The Washington Post "The stories here are effective because we believe them—not just their situations but also their hearts."—Los Angeles Times "A zero-gravity vacation in a dust jacket."—Chicago TribuneFrom the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780804179713
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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HPLChrisD
Jan 16, 2018

Overall a solid collection of stories. I enjoy Link’s penchant for blending genres, of taking a fantastic premise as a backdrop and narrowing in on something small and human. For me, the highlight was Two Houses, which is an ingenious, multilayered ghost story set on a colony ship. Summer People, I Can See Right Through You, and Light are also standouts. The rest of the stories were okay, but the tendency towards irresolute endings started to wear on me towards the end. There’s a point to it, and I have a feeling I might enjoy these a little more if I took the time to read a little more attentively, but that’s not the kind of phase of my life I’m in :)

Cynthia_N Nov 16, 2016

It seems like all the short story collections I enjoy are weird ones. This book by Link is no exception. I enjoyed all the stories!!

TSCPL_Miranda Nov 04, 2016

So very good, so very different. Like the work of Kij Johnson and Karen Russell, these stories effortlessly incorporated speculative, offbeat, and highly original phrases and ideas. It kept me wide-eyed and expectant the whole time, and gave me some new ideas for my own writing. I'm going to read this one again!

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oliviapham
Aug 16, 2016

These stories rocked. Sometimes it seemed to be trying too hard to be different, but in general really enjoyed Kelly Link's dark brand of imaginativeness that still managed to highlight "the human condition." Tip: the all-around favorite seems to be the first one, The Summer People.

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distractible
Jan 22, 2016

I highly recommend this book! It's a diverse collection of genre-bending stories, mostly in the sci-fi/fantasy realm but often told in a matter-of-fact way that reminded me of magical realism. Funny and dark and sometimes surprisingly poignant. This is one of the best short story collections I've read, and one of the best books I've read in a long time!

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advega718
May 20, 2015

Unexpected tales with abrupt endings which didn't always work favorably. Some stories did shine though which made it worth my while. Link has a unique imagination so looking forward to try "Pretty Monsters".

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc
Apr 28, 2015

Kelly Link's first collection in more than a decade proves she hasn't lost her uncanny ability to insert weirdness into banality. Her settings and story lines often follow conventional paths, but along the way the reader is liable to encounter surprising oddities that tilt reality just enough to be unsettling. Even her exotic settings are apt to be twisted into something entirely new. Take, for instance, the ghost story "Two Houses," set in a crumbling mansion...only the mansion is a hologram projected in a spaceship on a decades-long voyage.

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miaone
Apr 22, 2015

All of the stories were over-rated and BOOOORING except the first one, The Summer People. I loved that one and I think it could stand up to being a novel. I really wanted to know what happened to Ophelia. But the others were not worth the time of reading, nor the paper they're printed on. If you take this book out, stop after the first story, while you're still ahead.

KateHillier Apr 11, 2015

I think this was a victim of too much buzz. I've never read anything by this author before and I'm told that I should give her other stuff a go to make a proper opinion. Short stories are hit and miss with me as a general rule anyway but I found almost like these were trying a little too hard. The bits of 'unusual' that entered the story fell either flat or boring depending on the story and I found the theme of 'getting in trouble' to not work all that well either.

I'm up for giving her older work another shot and then perhaps giving this one a second go but for now, just not for me.

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