St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

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Vintage Books, 2007 - Fiction - 246 pages
704 Reviews
A San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year

In these ten glittering stories, debut author Karen Russell takes us to the ghostly and magical swamps of the Florida Everglades. Here wolf-like girls are reformed by nuns, a family makes their living wrestling alligators in a theme park, and little girls sail away on crab shells. Filled with stunning inventiveness and heart, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves introduces a radiant new writer.

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Great writer, inventive and evocative stories. - Goodreads
Story resolutions were depressing and felt unfinished. - Goodreads
Just as quirky and imaginative as the cover art. - Goodreads
I love Russell's writing style so much. - Goodreads
Russell truly is a gifted writer! - Goodreads
But that aside, the writing is fantastic as always. - Goodreads

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User Review  - nosajeel - LibraryThing

Every piece in this book is inventive, imaginative and energetic. But not every piece in this book feels like a short story. The fault is partially that it begins with "Ava Wrestles the Alligator ... Read full review

Review: St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

User Review  - Stephanie Kapllani - Goodreads

If you've read about 80% of a book does that still count as having read it? lol that's most of it right...? I couldn't finish it but that doesn't mean I disliked it, it just wasn't my type of book ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Karen Russell, a native of Miami, has been featured in both The New Yorker's debut fiction issue and New York magazine's list of twenty-five people to watch under the age of twenty-six. She is a graduate of the Columbia MFA program and is the 2005 recipient of the Transatlantic Review/Henfield Foundation Award; her fiction has recently appeared in Conjunctions, Granta, Zoetrope, Oxford American, and The New Yorker. Twenty-five years old, she lives in New York City.

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