Vampires in the Lemon Grove

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Random House, Mar 7, 2013 - Fiction - 256 pages
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An awkward teen with a terrible haircut has a reversal of fortune when he finds artefacts from the future lining a seagulls’ nest.

In a godforsaken barn, Presidents Eisenhower, John Adams and Rutherford B. Hayes are bemused to find themselves reincarnated as horses.

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.

‘Russell can take Antarctic tailgaters, an army of seagulls or simply a window and twist a tale that explodes on the page and lingers in the mind’ The Times

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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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User Review  - nosajeel - LibraryThing

I liked the best of these stories as much as anything in Karen Russell's first collection--St. Lucy's Home For Girls Raised by Wolves--but it had more stories that fell flat. Overall, however ... 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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