Portable Childhoods by Ellen KlagesPortable Childhoods by Ellen Klages

Portable Childhoods

byEllen KlagesIntroduction byNeil Gaiman

Paperback | April 11, 2007

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'Brilliant stories. - Cory Doctorow, author ofLittle Brother'There are so many smart, sweet, funny, troubling treats here about so many things - childhood, chefs, God, barber shops, the atomic bomb - that it's nearly impossible to pick a favorite. Just read them all! They're great!' - Connie Willis, author ofTo Say Nothing of the DogThis long-awaited first short fiction collection from Scott O'Dell award-winning author Ellen Klages (The Green Glass Sea), offers a tantalizing glimpse of what lies hidden just beyond the ordinary. Described by reviewers as timeless, delightful, chilling, and beautiful, this is short fiction at its best, emerging from a distinctive, powerful voice. Includes the Nebula Award?winning novelette 'Basement Magic' as well as the story that becameThe Green Glass Sea. "
Ellen Klages is the acclaimed author of the Scott O'Dell Award-winner,The Green Glass Sea, andWhite Sands, Red Menace, which won the California and New Mexico Book awards. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and has been translated into more than seven languages and republished worldwide. A graduate fr...
Title:Portable ChildhoodsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:210 pages, 8.48 × 5.52 × 0.65 inPublished:April 11, 2007Publisher:Tachyon PublicationsLanguage:English

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Editorial Reviews

'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, sweet, funny, troubling treats here about so many things-childhood, chefs, God, barber shops, the atomic bomb-that it's nearly impossible to pick a favorite. Just read them all! They're great!'-Connie Willis 'Klages, whose debut novel, [The]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 and should help garner a larger audience for Klages's forthcoming second novel.'-Publishers Weekly, starred review 'Klages creates wonder-filled and beautiful worlds in her short stories, making this a tremendously satisfying collection.'-Booklist 'The kind of SF writer that comes along once in a decade? brilliant stories.'-Cory Doctorow,BoingBoing.net'Klages knows that if you can get inside a child's perspective, it's all the fantasy you need, and she does it beautifully.'-Locus'Klages' superb first story collection? strong emotional stories.'-Denver Post'Consistently well written and emotionally stimulating, the book is one of the loveliest you'll find.'-School Library Journal Online'Klages has the true storyteller's gift of characters and plot. You believe in people from the first moment they appear on the page, and you can't guess where they are going. If many of the stories inPortable Childhoods are not already classics in the field, they should be.'-Charles de Lint,Fantasy & Science Fiction'Haunting and crystalline? there are 16 reasons why you should inspectPortable Childhoods. Buy it. Read it. Set it down. Then pick it up and read it again!'-Tangent Online'Highly recommended. I enjoyed each and every story in the collection.'-SF Revu'Ellen Klages's work seems as transparent as spring water, but this is a woman who knows that clarity and simplicity can pierce the heart.'-Peter Straub'Ellen Klages writes about childhood in brilliant, primary colors. Like Ray Bradbury, her nostalgic stories are like myths.'-Maureen McHugh'This delightful collection showcases the best of Klages. Her protagonists are lovable, her prose natural, and her charm evident throughout.'-Karen Joy Fowler'Welcome to Planet Klages! These stories are warm, witty, occasionally wise, and always wonderfully written. Ellen Klages is going to be big as big. Buy this book now, read it today, and become her fan forever.'-Michael Swanwick'I haven't been writing prose very long, but I've been reading prose long enough to know this-Ellen Klages approaches greatness.'-Janis Ian'Ellen Klages writes like a dream-a dream from which you wake up laughing, and that fills the rest of the day with its strangeness and sweetness.'-Margo Lanagan'Like childhood, these stories run deep with not-yet-happened nostalgia and fierce yearning for what never was. And, like children, they brim with joy, wonder, and wickedness.'-Nicola Griffith'When you surface out of an Ellen Klages story, it's like arriving home after a long trip: Your kitchen table, your car, your living room are all recognizably yours, but strange, and not half as real as the place you just came from. That place is the real world, and the people in it are as complex, unpredictable, and solid as you. It's a hard place to come back from.'-Emma Bull'Ellen Klages's stories combine the clear-eyed wonder of an intelligent child with the beautiful, controlled prose of a craftsman. And they have heart. What more could one ask of fiction?'-Delia Sherman'Reading any fiction by Ellen Klages, whether it's set in the basement of a home in Detroit or on the green glass desert sands near Los Alamos or at the favorite fishing spot of a father and his very special son, you are always submerged deep in the rich and strange magic of life.'-Charles Vess'Her stories are always a pleasure to read? . Ellen writes from the point of view of a young child like no one else I know.'-Nalo Hopkinson'Ellen Klages is the funniest lead civilian collector in science fiction. Maybe the funniest woman, too.'-Joe Haldeman