MAGIC FOR UNLUCKY GIRLS

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The fourteen fantastical stories in Magic For Unlucky Girls take the familiar fairytale tropes we know well and turn them upside down. These unlucky girls, struggling with a society all too often against them, are forced to navigate strange worlds as they try to survive…or fall to pieces.

From carnivorous husbands to a bath of lemons to whirling basements that drive them mad, these stories are about the demons that lurk in all of our souls, and the women who must fight against them, sometimes with their wit, sometimes with their beauty, and sometimes with shotguns in the dead of night.

Grand Prize Winner of the Santa Fe Writers Project program awards, chosen by Emily St. John Mandel.

Magic for Unlucky Girls will be available in April, 2017 from SFWP.

Available at Amazon, SFWP , Indiebound and Barnes and Noble

Praise for Magic:

“…That rarest of things: A book that doesn’t remind me of anything else I’ve read…A wonderful, truly original work.” — Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven

“To say that the stories in Magic For Unlucky Girls are unsettling is an understatement. In these tales, A. A. Balaskovits has created characters and worlds we think we know, and then destroys our expectations—unflinchingly, with no gory or sordid detail spared, and often with alarming violence. Yet, despite kicking us out of our collective comfort zone, these stories go down like pleasant poison, with language that moves seamlessly between brutal starkness and hypnotic lyricism. Balaskovits takes the stories that form the core of us from childhood and reshapes them into something dark and unfamiliar. Magic For Unlucky Girls is a bold debut from a bold author, and make no mistake—these are stories that matter, and that will stick with you long after you’ve read them.”–William Jablonsky, author of The Indestructible Man: Stories  and The Clockwork Man.

“This collection unsettled me in a totally delightful way. You’ll find familiar fairytale tropes here — flying superheroes, massive castles with one locked, forbidden door, a wolf on the path to Grandma’s house — but Balaskovits shatters these familiar mirrors and finds fresh, original stories in the sinister shards.”   –Tara Laskowski, author of Bystanders and Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons

“There isn’t a single tired trope here—in fact, there are few familiar elements at all—so readers looking for something askew from any fantasy they’ve read before will want to get to know the unlucky but determined girls of Balaskovits’s stories.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“The stories in Magic for Unlucky Girls combine the magical with contemporary realism, rendering an aesthetic I’ve not quite seen but couldn’t get enough of. A.A. Balaskovits has a in-depth eye for detail, creates her own folklores, and possesses a dry wit that adds a welcome attitude to her fables. These stories are masterfully constructed and surprised me on every page, making me want to finish one just so I could get to the next.” – Michael Czyzniejewski, author of Elephants in our Bedroom and I Will Love You For the Rest of My Life: Breakup Stories

“This book is for every young girl and adult woman who have ever been told a story that intentionally left them out.” – Rachel Colias, Booklist

“Balaskovits’s anthology breathes fresh life into classic fairy tales. Readers who enjoy short fiction with a fantastical bent should pick up this award-winning book.” – Library Journal

Like the outside air, Magic for Unlucky Girls is unapologetically violent, more in tune with dark Germanic fairy tales than inoculated Disney versions, and is served rare. Rape, murder, neglect, all the sad, dark things imaginable—it’s just a day in Balaskovits’ Magic Kingdom—but don’t look away too quickly, there is heart and magic here as well. – Atticus Review

“Magic,” for unlucky girls, Balaskovits reveals throughout, is never really magic at all, at least not the kind with princes and castles and ever after. It’s the illusory promise, the truth laid bare; the only antidote is to swallow the bitter pill and hope it makes you not only wiser, but stronger. – Washington Independent Review of Books