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Portable Childhoods

PORTABLE CHILDHOODS

This innovative collection offers a tantalizing glimpse of what lies hidden just beyond the ordinary.

Collected here for the first time (and with three new stories never before published), this is short fiction at its best, emerging from a distinctive, powerful voice -- timeless and delightful, chilling and beautiful.

"Basement Magic," which appears in this volume, won the Nebula Award for Best Novelette in 2005.  The collection also contains "The Green Glass Sea," thestory that became the basis for Ellen's breakout first novel, The Green Glass Sea, which won the 2007 Scott O'Dell Award for historical fiction.

Starred Review in Publisher's Weekly: Klages, whose debut novel, Green Glass Sea (2006), won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, demonstrates both superior writing skill and a wide range in an impressive short story collection that defies easy categorization. The 16 selections, three of which are original to the volume, include moving mainstream tales of human relationships, like the title story, about a mother and daughter, as well as fantasy and science fiction. The author is equally adept at short, twisty narratives that make the most of premises that could be gimmicks in lesser hands, like the recursive "Mobius, Stripped of a Muse." This collection will linger in the memory long after reading.

Connie Willis says: "Ellen Klages believes books can be magic, and now she's delivered the proof: this spell-weaving collection of her short stories.  There are so many smart, funny, troubling treats here about so many things--childhoods, chefs, God, barbershops, the atomic bomb--that it's nearly impossible to pick a favorite.  Just read them all!  They're great!"

Peter Straub says:  "Ellen Klages' work seems as transparent as spring water, but this is a woman who knows that clarity and simplicity can pierce the heart."

 

April 2007, trade paperback, Tachyon Publications
ISBN:  1-892-39145-7

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