9780307957238

Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories

Russell, Karen

ISBN 10: 0307957233 / 0-307-95723-3
ISBN 13: 9780307957238
Publisher: Knopf
Publication Date: 2013
Binding: Hardcover
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Synopsis:

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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Book Description: Knopf, 2013. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Praise for Vampires in the Lemon Grove " Vampires in the Lemon Grove shows Ms. Russell more in control of her craft than everMs. Russell deftly combines elements of the weird and supernatural with acute psychological realism; elements of the gothic with dry, contemporary humor. From apparent influences as disparate as George Saunders, Saki, Stephen King, Carson McCullers and Joy Williams, she has fashioned a quirky, textured voice that is thoroughly her own: lyrical and funny, fantastical and meditativeUnderscores her fecund and constantly surprising storytelling giftsIn these tales Ms. Russell combines careful research with minutely imagined details and a wonderfully vital sleight of hand to create narratives that possess both the resonance of myth and the immediacy of something new." -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "Hilarious, exquisite, first-rateIt's hard not to reflect on the origins of this wildly talented young writer's ideasA grim, stupendous magic is at work in these storiesHer work has a velocity and trajectory that is little less than dazzling and a tough, enveloping, exhilarating voice that cannot be equaled." -Joy Williams, The New York Times Book Review "One of the most innovative, inspired short-story collections in the past decade Vampires in the Lemon Grove is flawless and magnificent, and there's absolutely no living author quite like Karen Russell." - NPR "Beautiful tales Vampires in the Lemon Grove should cement Russell's reputation as one of the most remarkable fantasists writing today." - Washington Post "Karen Russell's imagination is one again on full, Technicolor, mind-bending display If Vampires in the Lemon Grove is an indicator of the future, Russell's stories will be seizing our imaginations-and nibbling at the edges of our nightmares-for years to come." - Miami Herald "Witty, and wise, and brimming with vitalityIn Russell's stories, malice strolls with morality, horror tangos with humor, and the spirits of Franz Kafka and Flannery O'Connor meet with unexpected comityWith a voice that could spring from an unleashed demon-or an angel on amphetamines-Russell fills this exuberant collection with life's radiance and shadows, enhanced by the possibility of redemption." - Richmond Times-Dispatch "Delightfully weirdmoving." - Esquire "An eight-tale adrenaline-delivery system packed with long-married, problem-beset monsters, abandoned children whose lives are in dire peril, teens with creepy sixth senses, and masseuses with inexplicable healing powersDarkly inventive, demonically driven narratives set in the author's inimitable imaginative disturbia." - Elle "In these stories, familiar human emotions leap into relief against backdrops of almost Tim Burton-like weirdnessHer stories are as robust as can be. But they also look like something internal flipped out: us." - New York "A master of magical realismMs. Russell is at her best alternating between the wildly fantastical and the utterly banal, especially when she finds a way to fuse the two togetherThere is an exuberance to her descriptive abilities, a kind of ludic writerly joy in the process that translates to a readerly thrill in the results." - New York Observer "Wildly inventivewondrously strange and moving." - Reader's Digest "Russell's tales flirt with the fantastical, but are rooted in darker realitiesEven as she transforms the everyday into a wriggling bestiary, replete with colorful hallucinations and ghosts, her most haunting bits rely on the depiction of human impulses." - Mother Jones "PowerfulRussell pulls the rug out on our imagination, creating perplexing, surreal scenarios that bump into the common reality that most of us take for granted." - Minneapolis Star Tribune "Karen Russell casts another spell with her otherworldly collection of storiesIs she a Southern Gothicist? A parabolist? A moralist? Do her stories expand upon old histories, or create new, fanta. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0307957233

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