The Book of Love

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Random House
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6.4 X 9.3 X 1.6 inches | 2.1 pounds

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About the Author
Kelly Link is the author of White Cat, Black Dog; Get in Trouble, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction; Magic for Beginners; Stranger Things Happen; and Pretty Monsters. Her short stories have been published in The Best American Short Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She is a MacArthur "Genius" fellow and has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. She is also the co-owner of Book Moon, an independent bookstore in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
"The Book of Love is an incredible achievement--a novel whose people and places feel so true to life that the magic that shimmers through the pages like grown-up fairy dust seems not just real but unquestionable."--Cassandra Clare, author of Sword Catcher

"By turns playful and harrowing, surreal and sagacious, replete with gods and other monsters, The Book of Love is an astonishing, gorgeous novel written with Link's unique wit, warmth and ability to get under your skin."--Holly Black, author of Book of Night

"A supernatural story about love in all its guises bewitches. . . . The places of this novel are both glitteringly strange and so fully realized that one feels one might visit them tomorrow."--San Francisco Chronicle

"The Book of Love does justice to its name. Its composition, its copiousness, suggests that love, in the end, contains all--that frustration, rage, vulnerability, loss and grief are love's constituent parts, bound by and into it."--The New York Times Book Review

"[Link's]. . . . writing sparkles with wit and colour, and there is much camp weirdness and shimmering grandeur."--The Spectator (UK)

"The wonders of Hollywood special effects feel like garish imitations next to Link's sorcery."--The Washington Post

". . . if you are, possibly, a cynic looking for something to give you some renewed faith in love/friendship/literature in this month of cold and candy hearts, and/or find yourself wishing for a little more magic in your life, this is the novel for you. It's even red."--Lit Hub

"A dizzying dream ride you will never forget."--Leigh Bardugo, author of Ninth House

"Haunting, immersive, and at times surpassingly beautiful."--Locus

"This is one of those books that cuts your life in two: before you read it, and after."--Alix E. Harrow, author of Starling House

"A giant, glorious novel about friendship, love, queerness, rock-and-roll, stardom, parenthood, loyalty, lust and duty."--Cory Doctorow, author of The Lost Cause

"The Book of Love is a luxurious, bewitching novel of exceptional beauty and power."--Carmen Maria Machado, author of In the Dream House

"Pure enchantment--a tale of love, death, magic and teenagers being teenagers, rich with fairy strangeness and told in sentences like jewels strung on a chain."--Zen Cho, author of Black Water Sister

"Pulitzer finalist Link makes a dazzling full-length debut that proves her gloriously idiosyncratic style shines just as brightly at scale. . . . This is a masterpiece."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A moving and deft exploration of the many ways 'love goes on even when we cannot.'"--Booklist (starred review)

"An absolute feast of a story, ushering the reader along a path that is always sublime, often hilarious, and at every single point rammed full of heart and truth."--Melinda Salisbury, author of Her Dark Wings