Title: Portable Childhoods
Author: Ellen Klages
Collects such short stories as “Basement Magic,” “Intelligent Design,” “The Green Glass Sea,” “Clip Art,” “Triangle,” “The Feed Bag,” “Time Gypsy,” and “Be Prepared.”
Emerging from a unique and powerful voice, this innovative collection offers a tantalizing glimpse of what lies hidden just beyond the ordinary, skirting the border between childhood and adulthood. Mysticism, heroism, cruelty, and compassion thread through these multifaceted tales — which range from the origins of the Manhattan Project to a culinary object-lesson, from 1950s corruption to a slight glitch in Creation. Collected here for the first time and including an excerpt from her breakout first novel The Green Glass Sea, these stories are timeless and delightful, chilling and beautiful.