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The Short Story-Novel Conundrum

Earlier this week, I was about halfway through reading a novel, one of those buzzy summer books promoted as an elevated beach read, when I realized I was simply…bored. 750 more words


Karen Russell - St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves.

St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised By Wolves – Karen Russell (2006, Alfred A. Knopf, New York)

I’ve been meaning to read Russell’s Swamplandia!  for awhile now (and still haven’t), but as a teaser, I’ve been devouring her short stories, both in this collection and a later book, … 255 more words

Book Review

Fiction Review: Karen Russell's "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves"

I’m reading Karen Russell’s short story collection, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves.

Russell has also written Swamplandia! and another short story collection, … 237 more words


Short Story Spotlight: "Proving Up", by Karen Russell

I’ve been on somewhat of a binge diet of short stories lately, consuming a few collections a week on average, as well as nibbling from the sundry literary journals floating around the house. 472 more words

Short Story


Author: Karen Russell

Type: Fiction, novel

Published: 2011

I read it: February 2012

I made it a point to read this book based solely on the strength of Russell’s short story “Vampires in the Lemon Grove.” The novel had the tone and flow I expected and I made sure to read it at the proper pace: slowly. 437 more words