The Faery Handbag

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"The Faery Handbag"
Author Kelly Link
Language English
Genre(s) fantasy novelette
Published in The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm
Publication type Book
Publication date 2004

"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.[1]

Plot summary

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.