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Pretty Monsters

Pretty Monsters

by Kelly Link

Whether or not this story has a happy ending depends, of course, on who is reading it. Whether you are a wolf or a girl.


Kelly Link (Sharona Jacobs Photography LLC)

Neil Gaiman says Kelly Link, a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellow, should be declared a "national treasure." Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, calls Link "a flat-out genius." "In a place few writers go," writes TIME, "a netherworld between literature and fantasy, Alice Munro and J. K. Rowling, Link finds truths that most authors wouldn't dare touch." Salon describes her as "an alchemical mixture of Borges, Raymond Chandler, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Selected as Amazon's Best Teen Book of 2008, Pretty Monsters is Link's critically acclaimed anthology for both adult and YA audiences. Writes Booklist (starred review): "Her conception of fantasy is so unique that when she uses words like ghost or magic, they mean something very different than they do anywhere else. Perhaps most surprisingly ... is Link's dedicated deadpan delivery that drives home how funny she can be." These stories, writes School Library Journal, make "the weird wonderful and the grotesque absolutely gorgeous."

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