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In 'Get in Trouble,' Kelly Link melds ordinary and bizarre
In 'Get in Trouble,' Kelly Link melds ordinary and bizarre

It's tempting to describe Kelly Link as a fantasist or a magical realist of a particularly homegrown sort. Her stories take place within recognizable landscapes — suburban bedrooms, reality TV locations, a wedding weekend — that open into something else. Slipstream, author Bruce Sterling has called this style of writing: genre work that blurs the lines of genre, merging elements of science fiction, realism, fantasy. Yet all that seems too restrictive, too didactic, for what Link appears to have in mind. "How does a woman with a raven's beak kiss a bubble of blood?" she asks in her unsettling and vivid new collection "Get in Trouble," and if you...

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