Magic for Beginners - Kelly Link, Shelley Jackson

Kelly Link’s collection of short stories is quirky and strange, spooky and funny. Her characters inhabit worlds that would seem familiar if it wasn’t for the zombies, magical handbags, and creepy bunny rabbits. Link creates believable scenarios out of outrageous material. “The Great Divorce” features a different sort of marriage counselor: Sarah Parminter is a medium who delivers the news to Alan Robley (living) that his wife Lavvie (dead when he met her, dead when he married her) wants a divorce. My favorite story is the first in the volume, “The Faery Handbag,” in which an entire village escapes destruction by relocating to a large handbag.