The Faery Handbag
|"The Faery Handbag"|
|Published in||The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm|
"The Faery Handbag" is a fantasy novelette published in 2004 by Kelly Link. It was the winner of the 2005 Hugo Award for Best Novelette, the 2006 Nebula Award for Best Novelette, the 2005 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story and the 2005 Locus Award.
The story follows Genevieve, a girl who spends a lot of time with her slightly eccentric grandmother Zofia. Zofia claims to be from the country Baldeziwurlekistan and also to be the guardian of a community of fairies who now live in her black handbag. She often tells outlandish tales about the beings in her handbag and blames them for her overdue movies and library books. Things take a turn for the worse when Genevieve's boyfriend, Jake, snatches Zofia's handbag with the intent of finding out if the stories about it are true.