Get in Trouble

Get in Trouble


Book - 2015
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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 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.
Advance praise for Get in Trouble
"One of the most interesting fantastical writers around." -- The Guardian
"Within Kelly Link's surreal, darkly comic stories are keen observations on our humanity, so that even totally out-there events are rendered strangely relatable." -- Chicago Tribune

"Kelly Link is the author whose books I would take to the proverbial desert island. Link's work is always darkly funny, sexy, frightening, and truly weird--she can dismantle and remake the world in a paragraph. Get in Trouble offers further proof that she belongs on every reader's bookshelf." --Karen Russell
" Get in Trouble contains some of Link's best writing yet. These are not so much small fictions as windows onto entire worlds. This is a brilliant, giddying read." --Sarah Waters
"Kelly Link is one of my all-time favorite writers. You know who else would love her? Kafka and Lewis Carroll. Like them, she knows the things the rest of us don't. But she also knows how to make well-known heartbreaks glow with strange new lights." --Arthur Phillips
"Kelly Link's prose is conveyed in details so startling and fine that you work up a sweat just waiting for the next sentence to land. This is why we read, crave, need, can't live without short stories." --Téa Obreht
"Kelly Link is inimitable. Her stories are like nothing else, dark yet sparkling with her unique brand of fairy dust. This is the most marvelous kind of trouble to get in." --Erin Morgenstern
"Every one of the stories in this collection is like a one-of-a-kind jack-in-the-box. How does Kelly Link understand our pains and longings and memories and even our futures so well?" --Yiyun Li
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780804179683
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 22 cm


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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!

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.

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!

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".

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.

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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