Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2013 - Fiction - 243 pages
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From the author of the New York Times best seller Swamplandia!—a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—a magical new collection of stories that showcases Karen Russell's gifts at their inimitable best.

A dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left behind in a seagull's nest. A community of girls held captive in a silk factory slowly transmute into human silkworms, spinning delicate threads from their own bellies, and escape by seizing the means of production for their own revolutionary ends. A massage therapist discovers she has the power to heal by manipulating the tattoos on a war veteran's lower torso. When a group of boys stumble upon a mutilated scarecrow bearing an uncanny resemblance to the missing classmate they used to torment, an ordinary tale of high school bullying becomes a sinister fantasy of guilt and atonement. In a family's disastrous quest for land in the American West, the monster is the human hunger for acquisition, and the victim is all we hold dear. And in the collection's marvelous title story—an unforgettable parable of addiction and appetite, mortal terror and mortal love—two vampires in a sun-drenched lemon grove try helplessly to slake their thirst for blood.

Karen Russell is one of today's most celebrated and vital writers—honored in The New Yorker's list of the twenty best writers under the age of forty, Granta's Best of Young American Novelists, and the National Book Foundation's five best writers under the age of thirty-five. Her wondrous new work displays a young writer of superlative originality and invention coming into the full range and scale of her powers.

 

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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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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
23
Section 3
38
Section 4
45
Section 5
53
Section 6
75
Section 7
83
Section 8
113
Section 11
152
Section 12
185
Section 13
186
Section 14
197
Section 15
200
Section 16
203
Section 17
221
Section 18
233

Section 9
135
Section 10
147
Section 19
245
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About the author (2013)

Karen Russell, a native of Miami, won the 2012 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel, Swamplandia! (2011), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is a graduate of the Columbia MFA program, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2012 Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. She lives in Philadelphia.†

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