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Vampires in the Lemon Grove: And Other Stories (Vintage Contemporaries)
Vampires in the Lemon Grove: And Other Stories (Vintage Contemporaries)
Vampires in the Lemon Grove: And Other Stories (Vintage Contemporaries)
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Vampires in the Lemon Grove: And Other Stories (Vintage Contemporaries)

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Author: Russell, Karen

Brand: Vintage

Color: White

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  • Vintage Books

Number Of Pages: 256

Release Date: 14-01-2014

Details: Product Description From the author of the novel Swamplandia!—a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—comes a magical and uniquely daring collection of stories that showcases the author’s gifts at their inimitable best. Within these pages, a community of girls held captive in a Japanese silk factory slowly transmute into human silkworms and plot revolution; a group of boys stumble upon a mutilated scarecrow that bears an uncanny resemblance to a missing classmate that they used to torment; a family’s disastrous quest for land in the American West has grave consequences; and in the marvelous title story, two vampires in a sun-drenched lemon grove try to slake their thirst for blood and come to terms with their immortal relationship.Named a Best Book of the Year by:The Boston GlobeO, The Oprah MagazineHuffington PostThe A.V. ClubA Washington Post Notable BookAn NPR Great Read of 2013 Amazon.com Review Amazon Guest Review of “Vampires in the Lemon Grove,” by Karen RussellBy Alena Graedon Alena Graedon was born in Durham, North Carolina, and is a graduate of Brown University and the Columbia MFA program. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her first novel is The Word Exchange. The characters in this numinous, electrifying, brilliantly imaginative collection undergo monstrous and miraculous transformations. Vampires morph from old Italian grandfathers to bats to vampires again. Boys turn into mute, mutant scarecrows. Girls metamorphose into kaiko-joko: silkworm caterpillars and slaves. As these changes take place, the line between human and inhuman can seem vanishingly faint. But there are also subtler kinds of transmutations. Bad-luck boys reinvent themselves, with the help of hair dye and rapacious birds who hoard human destinies as scraps in an old tree. Having the chance to visit each variegated world that Russell conjures—and the sublime words she uses to describe them—is more than reason enough to read these eight very moving, often very funny stories. But the thing that makes them especially mesmerizing and powerful is how profoundly human Russell’s monsters seem. Implanted in each of their shape-shifting bodies are very familiar things: bloodlust, hunger, superstition, devastating memories, fictions we tell ourselves to go on living. But also buried inside are secret selves, strength, love, salvational creativity. For the characters to transform, these things often have to be wrenched out of them. And these extractions can lead not just to metamorphosis but sometimes to a sort of fusion. At its best, reading, too, is a kind of fusion. Reading these stories, I felt as if many other lives, monstrous and human, had been poured into mine. But they also stirred my own thoughts and memories, creating something new. In the process, like Russell’s characters, I felt transformed. Review “Astonishing. . . . Vampires in the Lemon Grove stands out as Russell’s best book . . . with prose so alive it practically backflips off the page.” —San Francisco Chronicle   “From apparent influences as disparate as George Saunders, Saki, Stephen King, Carson McCullers and Joy Williams, [Russell] has fashioned a quirky, textured voice that is thoroughly her own: lyrical and funny, fantastical and meditative.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times  “One of the most innovative, inspired short-story collections in the past decade. . . . There’s absolutely no living author quite like Karen Russell.” —Michael Schaub, NPR “Karen Russell’s imagination is once again on full, Technicolor, mind-bending display. . . . Russell’s stories will be seizing our imaginations—and nibbling at the edges of our nightmares—for years to come.”  —The Miami Herald  “Hilarious, exquisite, first-rate.” —Joy Williams, The New York Times Book Review  “One of the great American writers of our young century.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR “Darkly inventive, demonically driven.” —Elle  "No one combines the fantastical with the mundane quite like Karen Russell. . . . The stories i

EAN: 9780307947475

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

Item Condition: UsedLikeNew