Author: Karen Russell

Book Review: Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Posted March 13, 2013 in Reviews / 13 Comments
Book Review: Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Karen Russell. I freaked the F out over Swamplandia! last spring, and I fell in love with Russell’s charming debut short story collection St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves a few weeks ago. In Vampires in the Lemon Grove, her brand new release, Russell amps up the weirdness, and it is delightful. The title story is about a pair of vampires who live in an Italian lemon grove and have learned to suck […]

Book Review: St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell

Posted March 4, 2013 in Reviews / 14 Comments
Book Review: St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell

Karen Russell’s debut is a stunning, imaginative collection of ten short stories, including the piece that grew to become Swamplandia!, a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize. Similarly to Swamplandia!, the stories in this collection have a whimsical feel and touches of magical realism. In the title story, a pack of girls are taken from their werewolf parents to be re-educated and become proper, civilized young women. Other stories feature an over-night camp for children with sleep disorders, where campers are subject […]

Book Review: Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

Posted April 17, 2012 in Reviews / 4 Comments
Book Review: Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

Karen Russell’s debut novel welcomes the reader to Swamplandia!, the premier gator-themed amusement park in the Florida Everglades, where tourists flock from around the world to watch alligator wrestling and to witness Hilola Bigtree’s famous “Swimming with the Seths” routine. That is, until Hilola tragically dies, leaving her husband and three children to pick up the pieces. Without the park’s main attraction, Swamplandia! begins to fail as the family struggles to keep afloat on their secluded island home. Hilola’s husband, Chief […]