Title: VAMPIRES IN THE LEMON GROVE: STORIES - ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 248 pages. Published in 2013. The author's second collection of short stories. One of Karen Russell's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Karen Russell's "Vampires In The Lemon Grove". Her second, and even more accomplished, collection of stories. "Russell's best book. With prose so alive it practically backflips off the page. Her invented worlds shed new light on the one in which we live" (Molly Antopol). An absolute "must-have" title for Karen Russell collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (very shortly after publication) in black pen on the title page by the author: "Karen Russell 2.19.13". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Russell signed on top of the page, making her signature even more prominent. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Selected as one of the "20 Writers Under 40" of the decade by The New Yorker Magazine. Winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant in 2013 on the basis of just two published books. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER KAREN RUSSELL TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0307957233. Bookseller Inventory # 17967
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.
Review: Amazon Best Books of the Month, February 2013 : Karen Russell's first two books ( St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and Swamplandia!) were triumphs of craft and imagination, heralding an exciting new voice in fiction. Her new story collection, Vampires in the Lemon Grove--eight strange tales that might be described as the descendant of Bradbury's The October Country, if that book had been written in the throes of a fever dream--will only expand that reputation. Russell doesn't (or maybe can't) limit herself to any particular genre: The title story leads with a twist on its seemingly undead subject; the prairie Gothic of "Proving Up" draws an apocalyptic landscape worthy of Lovecraft; and "The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis" examines the dawn of conscience in a thoroughly spooky coming-of-age story worthy of its title. Despite their range, all are tied by Russell's inventive language and her boundless, dark vision. Vampires is at once lush and stark, and above all, thrillingly unnerving. --Jon Foro
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