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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.

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

 
Advance praise for Get in Trouble
 
“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
 
“Close your mouth and get out of the way, because here comes Kelly Link, than whom no one is better.”—Peter Straub

“The stories in Get In Trouble confirm once again that Kelly Link is a modern virtuoso of the form—playful and subversive required reading for anyone who loves short fiction.”—Jeff VanderMeer Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Brilliantly strange . . . With every tale [Link] conjures a different universe, each more captivating than the last. At first glance these realms don’t seem too far from our own, but soon their wild, mysterious corners are illuminated. . . . You’ll long to return the minute you leave. [Grade:] A Entertainment Weekly
     
  • Get in Trouble is one of the strongest collections I’ve read recently; each story is finely calibrated, with Link’s surreal but utterly believable logic, suspense, and heart. The Paris Review
  • Wildly imaginative . . . Link never fusses over the surreal twists in her stories, but they contain so much emotional truth that there’s no need to explain a thing. The New York Times
  • [Get in Trouble] resonates with depth and maturity, the sense of a writer using genre for her purposes rather than the other way around. . . . The stories here are effective because we believe them—not just their situations but also their hearts. . . . [Kelly Link] has created a series of fully articulated pocket universes, animated by a three-dimensional sense of character, of life. Los Angeles Times
     
  • Since her 2001 debut, Stranger Things Happen, no one has surpassed Link at crafting stories like miniature worlds, each one palatial on the inside, honeycombed with alternate realities and alarmingly seductive. . . . A new Link collection is therefore more than just a good excuse for a trip to the bookstore. It’s a zero-gravity vacation in a dust jacket. Chicago Tribune
     
  • Magical . . . The stories in Get in Trouble are something like the wonderful stories of Ray Bradbury, whose science fiction transcended the genre. Link’s tales are reminiscent of Neil Gaiman, too, with something dark, feminine, and punk-rock blended in. The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Mesmerizing. The Seattle Times
  • “Each one of these ‘short stories’ feels infinitely vast once you are inside it, like the enchanted castles and bottomless wells in fairy tales.”

    Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author

  • Any fan of Karen Russell, Ursula K. Le Guin, and any other smartly written, fantastic stories should not miss out on Kelly Link. The Huffington Post
  • [Link] crafts a beguiling and eerie blend of fairy tale, fantasy, Ray Bradbury, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s a wonderful mélange of cyborg ghosts, evil twin shadows, Egyptian cotillions, and pixie-distilled moonshine. Guys, she’s really great. The Portland Mercury
  • Link remains one of the most potent storytellers we have, and Get in Trouble is some of her most playful and intense work yet. It’s a great reminder of not just Link’s unique voice, but also the fact that stories can be more than just nuggets of invention—they can be precious and life-enhancing. io9
     
  • Irresistible . . . The best of her stories linger after they end, casting shadows and opening doors to strange new worlds. The Columbus Dispatch
  • The nine stories in [Get in Trouble] sizzle with surprises. . . . Link is one of a kind. BBC
  • These stories take a wrecking ball to labels like ‘literary realism,’ ‘science fiction,’ ‘fairytales,’ and ‘magical realism,’ and then build something beautiful, complex, and intricately imaginative from the rubble. Bustle
  • Each story in Get in Trouble is like a dark ride at an amusement park: you enter with no idea what is going to happen and little opportunity to get your bearings before things start to speed up. You emerge on the other side dizzied, tousled, exhilarated and a little changed. Toronto Star
     
  • [Kelly Link] makes realism and fantasy prop each other up and dance, and soon they’re whirling together so quickly that you can't tell the difference between the two. The Stranger
  • In Link’s masterful hands, even the bizarre seems plausible. Marie Claire
  • You can never really read a Link story for the second time, much like you can’t step in the same river twice. It’s not just that the stories are fluid, with unexpected eddies and odd new things always floating downstream, but that part of the pleasure of reading a Link story lies in deciding how to read this particular Link story. Locus
  • Beneath the attention-getting levity of Link’s conceits—ghosts, superheroes, ‘evil twins lies a patient, Munrovian attunement to the complexities of human nature.
  • Brilliant . . . These short stories are sharp, dangerous and haunting, and say just as much about our modern desire for fantasies as they do about the desires that make us human. Refinery29
  • Link is seven kinds of brilliant, and then just when you think you have your brain wrapped around all of them, another pops up. KQED
  • There is no more successful writer at walking the edge of speculation and genre. . . . No one is more gifted at dipping into a darker kind of wonder, an emotion for most readers that sadly belongs to the realm of childhood, than Link is. She bewilders the reader with wonder. A. N. Devers, Longreads
     
  • [Link] shows [short fiction’s] ability to compress lifetimes seething with tension and crystallise moments blazing with desire and defiance, into handfuls of taut, finely wrought, pages. The Sydney Morning Herald
     
  • The stories in Get in Trouble are as compulsively readable as a trendy YA novel, but have the cultural richness of Angela Carter, the emotional complexity of Alice Munro, and a precise use of language all Link’s own. National Post
  • Ridiculously brilliant . . . and entertaining as heck . . . These stories make you laugh while staring into the void. By the end, they’ll be with you sleeping and waking. The Boston Globe
     
  • Marvelous . . . As a writer Kelly Link is possessed of many magical powers, but to me what’s most notable about her new collection, Get in Trouble, is its astonishing freedom. . . . Link knows there’s nothing she’s ‘supposed’ to do; her imaginative freedom is unmitigated by a need to counterbalance the weirdness with explanation. Meg Wolitzer, NPR
  • Smashing . . . sensational . . . Each of these stories presents the reader with the same setup: Remain in your narrative comfort zone, or venture into Link’s uncharted sea of troubles. Come on. Live a little. O: The Oprah Magazine
     
  • Beautiful, terrible and strange . . . When Link published her first collection, Stranger Things Happen, this sort of fiction, with its playful intersections of the banal and the wondrous, was rare. There’s more of it now, but Link remains the master of a delicate genre. Salon
     
  • [Get in Trouble] is a haunted house built with blunt sentences and teeming with dark shadows, sudden shocks, and secret rooms. . . . But fear not: Link is always in control, an emotional realist with a steady hand and a generous heart. New York
     
  • Link’s prose and ideas dazzle; so much so that you don’t see the swift elbow to the emotional solar plexus coming until it’s far, far too late. The Guardian
  • Link has won Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy and Tiptree Awards for her fiction, but no single taxonomic label, such as fantasy, adequately covers what she does. . . . She shows off a wit that would earn her a nod from Dorothy Parker. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
     
  • [Get in Trouble] brims with imagination and astonishment—not to mention the indefinable weirdness of being a human being. Every story in Get in Trouble is pure delight, a Big Gulp of beauty and horror and joy. If you aren’t already in love with Kelly Link’s writing, you soon will be. . . . Link is a visionary and a master storyteller, and Get in Trouble is her best book yet. BuzzFeed
     
  • 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. What matter most in pure storytelling are style and visionary power. If your voice is hypnotic enough, you can make readers follow you anywhere. The Washington Post
     
  • When it comes to literary magic, Link is the real deal: clever, surprising, affecting, fluid and funny. San Francisco Chronicle
     
  • Welcome to the fabulous mind of Kelly Link. . . . It has taken Link ten years to produce her new story collection, Get in Trouble, and it is just as brilliant as her last. The New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice)
     
  • “[Link’s] prose is conveyed in details so startling and fine that each one is like a firework in the brain.”

    Téa Obreht, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Richly imagined, intellectually teasing…a brilliant, giddying read.”

    Sarah Waters, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Smashing…sensational.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Brilliantly strange…With every tale [Link] conjures a different universe, each more captivating than the last. [Grade] A-.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “In Link’s masterful hands, even the bizarre seems plausible.”

    Marie Claire magazine

  • “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

  • “Like Kafka hosting Saturday Night Live, Link mixes humor with existential dread…[Her] characters, driven by yearning and obsession, not only get in trouble but seek trouble out—to spectacular effect.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Exquisite, cruelly wise…In stories as haunting as anything the Grimm brothers could have come up with, Link gooses the mundane with meaning and enchantment…These stories linger like dreams and will leave readers looking over their shoulders for their own ghosts.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Link’s characters—washed-up movie stars, teenagers yearning to leave home, a girl with a superhero for a boyfriend—seem utterly real in spite of the bizarre worlds they inhabit. Fans of fantastical short stories will relish this trip through the mind of a wildly imaginative talent.”

    BookPage

  • “[Link’s] stories are wonderful creations…a combination of George Saunders’ eerie near reality mixed with Amy Hempel’s badda-boom timing, plus a dose of Karen Russell’s otherworldly tropical sensibility.”

    Library Journal

  • “The various narrators—from Cassandra Campbell to Kirby Heyborne—read the collection in such a cohesive manner that it’s almost as if there were just one narrator. Each narrator conveys the feelings of teenaged angst, the confusing issues of sexuality and promiscuity, and the despair of abandonment and betrayal…The many different voices add interest, but no single performance stands out. Perhaps this is the intention for the purpose of creating a consistent listening experience.”

    AudioFile

  • “Kelly Link…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, author of Prague

  • A 2015 NPR Pick for Books to Give as Gifts This Year
  • A BookPage Top Pick for February 2015
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for February 2015
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick for Best Fiction of 2015
  • A Time Magazine Best Book of 2015
  • A Washington Post Best Book of 2015
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2015
  • A Toronto Star Book of Note for 2015
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015
  • Finalist for the 2016 Indies Choice Award for Adult Fiction
  • A 2015 Shirley Jackson Award Nominee
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About the Author
Author Kelly Link

Kelly Link is a firm believer in the do-it-yourself ethos that powers the steampunk movement. She has started a zine, founded an independent publishing house, owns two letterpresses, and edited the fantasy half of The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror for five years. She lives in Massachusetts.

About the Narrators

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered numerous Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.

Tara Sands is an American actress, television host, and voice talent who has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration. She is well known as the voice of Anna Kyoyama in Shaman King, Mokuba Kaiba in the English adaptation of the second series Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, as well as Chase on Fighting Foodons. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, and raised in New Jersey, She studied theater at Hofstra University and has had a steady stream of voice acting work since high school. Much of her work is in anime dubbing, with multiple roles in such franchises as Slayers and Pokémon. She has also narrated numerous audiobooks, including Wendelin Van Draanen’s Sammy Keyes series and Ellen Potter’s Olivia Kidney series. In addition to providing voiceovers, she has appeared on-camera in commercials, including as the ‘Office Cheerleader’ in a series for Lipton’s Cup-a-Soup and television series, including, Everybody Hates Chris. She is also a successful television host whose credits include: Cartoon Network’s weekly block, Fridays and major red carpet premieres.