The Faery Handbag

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"The Faery Handbag"
AuthorKelly Link
Published inThe Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm
Publication typeBook
Publication date2004

"The Faery Handbag" is a fantasy novelette by American writer Kelly Link, published in 2004.

Plot summary[edit]

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.


"The Fairy Handbag" was the winner of the 2005 Hugo Award for Best Novelette, the 2006 Nebula Award for Best Novelette, and the 2005 Locus Award for Best Novelette. It was also nominated for the 2005 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story.[1]


  1. ^ "sfadb : Kelly Link Awards". Science Fiction Awards Database. Retrieved 26 January 2016.