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Kelly Link's new collection of stories explores everything from the essence of ghosts to the nature of love. And hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the pyramids... The Summer People is a bite-sized sample of Link's incomparable writing, telling the story of Fran, her friend Ophelia, and their adventures at Kelly Link's new collection of stories explores everything from the essence of ghosts to the nature of love. And hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the pyramids... The Summer People is a bite-sized sample of Link's incomparable writing, telling the story of Fran, her friend Ophelia, and their adventures at the house belonging to the mysterious and rarely glimpsed 'summer people'. As the tales Fran tells about the house and its inhabitants become ever stranger and more magical, it gets harder and harder to tell what is real and what exists only in her imagination, and the lines between truth and fantasy become deliciously blurred.


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Kelly Link's new collection of stories explores everything from the essence of ghosts to the nature of love. And hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the pyramids... The Summer People is a bite-sized sample of Link's incomparable writing, telling the story of Fran, her friend Ophelia, and their adventures at Kelly Link's new collection of stories explores everything from the essence of ghosts to the nature of love. And hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the pyramids... The Summer People is a bite-sized sample of Link's incomparable writing, telling the story of Fran, her friend Ophelia, and their adventures at the house belonging to the mysterious and rarely glimpsed 'summer people'. As the tales Fran tells about the house and its inhabitants become ever stranger and more magical, it gets harder and harder to tell what is real and what exists only in her imagination, and the lines between truth and fantasy become deliciously blurred.

30 review for The Summer People

  1. 5 out of 5

    Althea Ann

    This story could function as a wonderful introduction to Link's writing. It features many of the elements and themes that pop up again and again in her stories, and is executed wonderfully. Here, we have the elements of classic fairytales ("Be bold, be bold. But not too bold – lest that your heart's blood should run cold.") which emerge in a lovely, but seemingly prosaic modern setting. We have the interactions of teenage girls, a legacy passed down through generations. We have things so beautif This story could function as a wonderful introduction to Link's writing. It features many of the elements and themes that pop up again and again in her stories, and is executed wonderfully. Here, we have the elements of classic fairytales ("Be bold, be bold. But not too bold – lest that your heart's blood should run cold.") which emerge in a lovely, but seemingly prosaic modern setting. We have the interactions of teenage girls, a legacy passed down through generations. We have things so beautiful and mysterious that they hurt the heart - with a dark undercurrent of dread and disgust. And of course, questionable motivations and an ending that while ambiguous, feels altogether 'right.' Since, for me, this wasn't an introduction to her work, it was a reminder of all the reasons I admire her so much.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    With the vague Southern setting and the peculiar intrusion of magic on everyday life, this is reminiscent of Karen Russell. The eponymous creatures, we learn, are a bit like Borrowers or house elves. They’re unpredictable and possibly not very nice. Neither main character is fully developed (all we know of Ophelia is that she is blonde and lesbian), and the hick neologisms struck me as annoying rather than authentic. I’m unlikely to pick up Link’s full-length collection on this evidence. (I won With the vague Southern setting and the peculiar intrusion of magic on everyday life, this is reminiscent of Karen Russell. The eponymous creatures, we learn, are a bit like Borrowers or house elves. They’re unpredictable and possibly not very nice. Neither main character is fully developed (all we know of Ophelia is that she is blonde and lesbian), and the hick neologisms struck me as annoying rather than authentic. I’m unlikely to pick up Link’s full-length collection on this evidence. (I won a pamphlet copy of this short story in a Canongate giveaway.)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andreas

    I read this to test out Kelly Link's writing and see if I should delve into her anthologies. To be honest, though, I fail to see why so many people praise her writing... this was boring, unimpressive, confusing at times and it felt kinda lazy. So yeah, no. I read this to test out Kelly Link's writing and see if I should delve into her anthologies. To be honest, though, I fail to see why so many people praise her writing... this was boring, unimpressive, confusing at times and it felt kinda lazy. So yeah, no.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tom O'Brien

    Atmospheric piece of modern gothic fantasy. Stronger on mood and imagery than story and well aware of its fairy tale echoes. I'm looking forward to reading more by Kelly Link. Atmospheric piece of modern gothic fantasy. Stronger on mood and imagery than story and well aware of its fairy tale echoes. I'm looking forward to reading more by Kelly Link.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Fantasy Literature

    “The Summer People” is the first story in Kelly Link’s new story collection Get in Trouble. Fran is a teenager living in a rural part of the American southeast. Her mother is gone, and she is neglected by her moonshiner father. While Fran is running a fever of 102 with the flu, her father informs her that he has to go “get right with God.” On his way out the door, he reminds her that one of the summer families is coming up early and she needs to get the house ready. However, that family isn’t th “The Summer People” is the first story in Kelly Link’s new story collection Get in Trouble. Fran is a teenager living in a rural part of the American southeast. Her mother is gone, and she is neglected by her moonshiner father. While Fran is running a fever of 102 with the flu, her father informs her that he has to go “get right with God.” On his way out the door, he reminds her that one of the summer families is coming up early and she needs to get the house ready. However, that family isn’t the only group of summer people that Fran “does for,” and this is the point of Link’s exquisite, melancholy tale. This story is about Fran and her mother’s heritage, and the arrangement they have with the people who live in the house up the hill, a house not everyone can see. It’s about Fran’s isolation and sense of being trapped, and it’s about her schoolmate Ophelia’s loneliness and kindness. It’s about knowing your heart’s desire. Ophelia’s family used to be summer people; now they’ve moved up to Fran’s town, and one rumor is that Ophelia kissed another girl in her old high school. Ophelia is an outcast; Fran is forced to be a loner because of her connection to the summer people, and as the story progresses, these two girls cautiously, tentatively become friends. Before that friendship can fully blossom, the consequences of Fran’s father’s actions crash back onto the scene. Read more: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anotherpath4

    I received the book "Get in Trouble" as a gift the first short story is "The Summer People." It is a weird and wonderful short story. I loved that I had no idea where the story was going or would end up. Such offhanded remarks that Fran would throw out without any precursor or follow up that really made me wish I were there to ask additional questions to her. The dream room that her mother decorated in pinks, oranges and reds; whereas her great grandfather chose peacock blues and greens, the war I received the book "Get in Trouble" as a gift the first short story is "The Summer People." It is a weird and wonderful short story. I loved that I had no idea where the story was going or would end up. Such offhanded remarks that Fran would throw out without any precursor or follow up that really made me wish I were there to ask additional questions to her. The dream room that her mother decorated in pinks, oranges and reds; whereas her great grandfather chose peacock blues and greens, the war room, the Queen who was molting again (wtf?!). Just so fun, creepy, bizarre and mind-bending; it may require a second reading; because it is so rich with wonder!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rosaleen Lynch

    Gothic, fairy tale, coming of age and social commentary. What are our social bonds? Those that keep us linked in servitude and gratitude. Those that enslave us by conditioning, expectations and duty. Those that have us locked in the quid pro quo, see-saw balance of the beholden. What do you owe and what do others owe you ? What is the price of freedom ?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Snoakes

    Quirky, sweet and leaves you wanting more.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anatoly

    "The Summer People" by Kelly Link is a strange story but it is also a recognized tale by readers. The story includes a real part, part of the fantasy and criminal component too. The style of writing is also diverse: part of it written in a very easy for reading. It is a friendly style (the part about the friendship), it seems that it is a description of the kind world, next part is full of mysterious things and last part became ominous, at least for bad people. The circle of everyday life which "The Summer People" by Kelly Link is a strange story but it is also a recognized tale by readers. The story includes a real part, part of the fantasy and criminal component too. The style of writing is also diverse: part of it written in a very easy for reading. It is a friendly style (the part about the friendship), it seems that it is a description of the kind world, next part is full of mysterious things and last part became ominous, at least for bad people. The circle of everyday life which looked as a trap was torn by the main character but as it was revealed in the end the circle remained, it just became wider. Here is a short summary of the story: The main character, Fran (the young girl) was awakened by her father. Her father told Fran that he was leaving home for a while and that Fran had to care about "Summer people". That name initially was used in terms of people who come to this remote place for summer holiday. Father's business is to keep order in their houses. The author described a small informal talk between father and daughter very naturally. "Fran's daddy woke her up wielding a mister. “Fran,” he said, spritzing her like a wilted houseplant. “Fran, honey. Wakey wakey.” ... “I know you need to stay here and look after me,” Fran said. “You're my daddy.” Next day Fran was in school and she felt not well, she caught a cold. She asked her classmate Ophelia to drive her home. "Ophelia Merck had her own car, a Lexus. She and her family had been summer people, except now they lived in their house up at Horse Cove on the lake all year round." Ophelia helped Fran in the deal of preparing flat for "Summer people" - the Robertses whose arriving was expected. When the girls came to Fran's house, Ophelia offered help to Fran due to her high temperature. In spite of the refusal of Fran, Ophelia visited her friend next morning and delivered her some food. Instead of expected requests such as delivering medicine, calling for ambulance etc, Fran asked Ophelia to visit the home of "Summer people". After that, the story switched to a genre of fantasy. The "Summer people" appeared as magic personages, like dwarfs. They displayed on the walls warning "BE BOLD, BE BOLD, BUT NOT TOO BOLD." After Ophelia came back with some magic stuff like toys and Fran drank the elixir which was magically produced, she became healthy and Ophelia was amazed and charmed by fabulous things which she saw. This part of the story reminds the reader of famous stories like "Alice in Wonderland" or "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Reading this, the reader is probably drawing in the mind the bright and colorful pictures from fairy tales read in childhood. The plot's line and style of writing were changed dramatically when Fran came back home alone and saw in her home two criminals (Kyle and another guy). They demanded to open them the summer's people houses in hope to rob them. Fran leads them to the mysterious house and the fate of bad people waited for them there. The author didn't describe the scene of execution, for readers was left only a hint "She wondered what the queen would make of Kyle". We don’t know what happened with Ophelia, probably nothing wrong, she stayed in summer people house and maybe replaced Fran. Thanks this fact, Fran left her home and traveled to Paris. She knew about summer people that "they had winter places as well as summer places". But she missed her home and "She tells herself that one day soon she will go home again". I read some reviews about this story where the literary style was estimated as beautifully written. Really, the language is easy, but the style changed. Interestingly that readers had very different opinions about the quality of this story: in social network "Goodreads" they graded it from one to five stars. People were described in the story as weird but they had simultaneously familiar characters. This story would be recommended for reading for people who are ready to dedicate some of their time for unlocking riddles. This is the link to the text of Kelly Link's story ‘The Summer People' http://forbookssake.net/weekendread/3...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lia

    This is my first Kelly Link story; it’s a fun, effortless, quirky read. I like that it’s short, I love the description of the toys, I was anxious that something horrible was going to happen to one of the girls, either the deadbeat father is sending her to iffy characters, or she’s selling Ophelia to the circus (or something worse.) It ended up not nearly as sinister, but at the same time somewhat chilling — perhaps fulfilling the stereotype that a life of slavery and poverty churns out manipulat This is my first Kelly Link story; it’s a fun, effortless, quirky read. I like that it’s short, I love the description of the toys, I was anxious that something horrible was going to happen to one of the girls, either the deadbeat father is sending her to iffy characters, or she’s selling Ophelia to the circus (or something worse.) It ended up not nearly as sinister, but at the same time somewhat chilling — perhaps fulfilling the stereotype that a life of slavery and poverty churns out manipulative characters like clockwork, or else a commentary on children from privileged background groomed to be naive in their pastel colored fairytale world. I’m not sure if there’s a deeper message, the human psychology turns out to be what’s dark and horrifying, I’m not sure if it’s substantially different from a Stephen King doorstop, for example. 3.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    Spoilers ahead! A wonderful read that takes you down the path into the world of magical realism. That said, the ending feels unsatisfying. We don’t learn what happens to Ophelia; though we can assume that she becomes the summer people’s caretaker. Did Fran know the whole time she would give Ophelia to the summer people? It doesn’t seem like Fran is satisfied in the end. Is that because betrayed her friend? When Fran gets her wish to travel, she doesn’t seem content in the new place. Far from bein Spoilers ahead! A wonderful read that takes you down the path into the world of magical realism. That said, the ending feels unsatisfying. We don’t learn what happens to Ophelia; though we can assume that she becomes the summer people’s caretaker. Did Fran know the whole time she would give Ophelia to the summer people? It doesn’t seem like Fran is satisfied in the end. Is that because betrayed her friend? When Fran gets her wish to travel, she doesn’t seem content in the new place. Far from being fulfilled at the end, Fran sells the guitar. In a weirdly circular way, she is drawn back to the summer people via the path b/t the trees in the fold-up cottage.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The worst part of this is that it was a bit boring sometimes, though obviously that's very subjective. This is the first story I've read by Kelly Link and it's definitely made me interested in her other work. The worst part of this is that it was a bit boring sometimes, though obviously that's very subjective. This is the first story I've read by Kelly Link and it's definitely made me interested in her other work.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Desiree

    It read like a book much older than its time. There were some areas that were unclear that I had to re-read to understand. The main character's motives weren't clear, either and the ending was unsatisfactory. It read like a book much older than its time. There were some areas that were unclear that I had to re-read to understand. The main character's motives weren't clear, either and the ending was unsatisfactory.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Artur Nowrot

    one of the best faerie stories i know.

  15. 4 out of 5

    John Ollerton

    Really enjoyed this, i read it as part of the O Henry compilation. I think I'm going to enjoy her wicked fairy tales. Really enjoyed this, i read it as part of the O Henry compilation. I think I'm going to enjoy her wicked fairy tales.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lynne Adams

    I have no idea if this is a good short story or a bad one. I think I am just too stupid to understand it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    mysterious and intriguing; I haven't read fiction in a long time mysterious and intriguing; I haven't read fiction in a long time

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ayeza Raza

    2.5/5

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emilie

    The only Kelly Link story I could ever get into as well as one of my favorite short stories ever. I love the modern fairy tale feel and the complicated characters.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    Reads like a Gothic fairytale. Good setting and mood, cliche characterization. Also boring, because of the lack of a good story. With a boring, insipid ending.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  22. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Ward

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristína Kohanová

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christen

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nici West

  26. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Feltz

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  30. 5 out of 5

    A. Indie O'Sidhe

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