Published by Canongate Books on February 10th 2015
Genres: Fiction, General, Short Stories (single author)
ARC provided by Canongate Books, Goodreads First Reads
Fantastic, fantastical and utterly incomparable, Kelly Link's new collection explores everything from the essence of ghosts to the nature of love. And hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the pyramids . . . With each story she weaves, Link takes readers deep into an unforgettable, brilliantly constructed universe. Strange, dark and wry, Get in Trouble reveals Kelly Link at the height of her creative powers and stretches the boundaries of what fiction can do.
Now this is good writing. Get in Trouble is the long awaited book by Kelly Link. This book features a collection of nine stories, all of them accentuate the skill of this writer. Although I have never read Kelly Link’s work before, I am an instant fan.
I fell into every story. These stories led me into unfamiliar territory. The author leaves no place safe. There is no guessing where these stories lead. The story twists in the most unthinkable way. All of these tales are complete. At first reading each story seems strangely normal, but the the author throws these tweaks into them and the experience is transformed. I realized I couldn’t stop reading until the story was through. Although I admit some of these subjects/characters are a bit far out. I found myself right in their head, feeling safe and well cared for.
I should warn you, these nine stories are very different. It is hard to believe the were all written by the same person. Summer People was a bit of witchcraft/fantasy, where as I Can See Right Through You was a ghost-ish story of lost love, sort of. Secret Identity was about a girl pulling a catfish on a much older man. The Lesson is about a surrogate mother and the family that takes the baby. Valley of the Girls lost me a bit. The language, the type and symbols just frustrated me. I skipped over that one. Origin really through me for a loop. I didn’t see the characters the way they were at all. I won’t spoil it for you. I had to go back and read it over once I caught the twist. There were a lot of good tales in this book.
I have to admit that some of these stories lost me right away. I had to force myself through it to understand what I was reading. That is a talent I think that many people may not appreciate. This book is an acquired taste. Not for every reader. I liked it but I could see why some people may hate this whole book. I will definitely pick up a full length novel from this author. This collection made me a fan of the author’s style.
About the Author
Kelly Link is the author of the collections Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and Get in Trouble. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She and Gavin J. Grant have co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and, for young adults, Steampunk! and Monstrous Affections. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.
Link was born in Miami, Florida. She currently lives with her husband and daughter in Northampton, Massachusetts.