This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Stories of Damaged Magic
by Steven Luna
Magical realism takes a darkly whimsical turn in twenty tales of unexpected enchantment from the imagination of Steven Luna.
A man who receives life-changing financial advice from the talking fruit in his breakfast bowl...a girl whose thoughts incinerate her family over and over again...a house that wants nothing more than to please its occupants, and will do anything at all to make sure they’re happy. From enchanting to troubling to downright disturbing, this is why can’t have nice things explores the notion that sometimes even the most promising of magic can go askew, through an array of characters whose outcomes can be horrifying, hilarious, or heartbreaking - all delivered with inventive charm and wickedly gleeful wit.
Wonder no more of magic, for this is why we can’t have nice things.