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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 Pyramid—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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “[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.”


  • “[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.”


  • “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 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 2015 NPR Pick for Books to Give as Gifts This Year
  • 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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