St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 14, 2007 - Fiction - 208 pages
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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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Russell├ƒ┬»├‚┬┐├‚┬Żs first story collection is a thing of beauty. Each story makes its own bizarre premise seem commonplace. In "Children├ƒ┬»├‚┬┐├‚┬Żs Reminiscences of the Westward Migration," Jacob ... Read full review

Contents

Ava Wrestles the Alligator
3
Haunting Olivia
26
Z Z s SleepAway Camp for Disordered Dreamers
49
The StarGazers Log of SummerTime Crime
72
from Cliildreifs Reminiscences of
103
Lady Yeti and the Palace of Artificial Snows
132
The City of Shells
156
Out to Sea
179
Accident Brief Occurrence 00422
197
St Lucys Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
225
Acknowledgments
247
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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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