Vampires in the Lemon Grove

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Chatto & Windus, 2013 - American fiction - 256 pages
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On Strong Beach, an awkward teen with a terrible haircut has a reversal of fortune when he finds artefacts from the future lining a seagulls' nest. By the Hox River in Nebraska, a window fuels both family pride and deadly revenge. In a godforsaken barn in what they suspect is Kentucky, Presidents Eisenhower, John Adams and Rutherford B. Hayes are bemused to find themselves reincarnated as horses. And in the collection's title story, Clyde and Magreb - he a traditional capes-and-coffins vampire, she the more progressive variety - settle in an Italian lemon grove in the hope that its ripe fruit will keep their thirst for blood at bay.

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User Review  - GingerbreadMan - LibraryThing

If Russell’s debut was full of deeply original images, but behaps more about single situations than arcs, and Swamplandia! was a brilliant premise of a novel that became just a little one note, this ... Read full review

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User Review  - mermaidatheart - LibraryThing

Until this book, I have actually never managed to make it through a collection of short stories that wasn't assigned reading--and that includes Karen Russel's earlier short works. I have never found ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Karen Russell, a native of Miami, has been featured in the New Yorker's debut fiction issue, was chosen as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists in 2007, and was most recently named one of New Yorker magazine's 20 Under 40. Her first collection of short stories, St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, was longlisted for the Guardian first book award. Her novel, Swamplandia!, was longlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize and shortlisted for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.

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