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Vampires in the Lemon Grove

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 2013From 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.

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About the Author

Karen Russell, a native of Miami, won the 2012 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel, Swamplandia! (2011), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is a graduate of the Columbia MFA program, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2012 Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. She lives in Philadelphia.


"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 in Vampires portray ordinary life with an otherworldly twist in a fascinating and unexpected way. And yet these haunting tales are written with such clarity and recognizable perspectives that they manage the greatest feat of all: in the surreal, we see ourselves. --Jessica Gentile, Paste Magazine, #1 Best Book of the Year "Sea deep, scary smart, richly inventive." --More "Delightfully weird." --Esquire "A writer to track and to treasure." --Chicago Tribune "In another ten years Russell will be her generation's George Saunders: the writer whose books are stolen and studied, flashed like badges, and worn to death with rereading. . . . Breathtaking." --The Boston Globe "One of the most remarkable fantasists writing today." --Elizabeth Hand, The Washington Post"Witty, and wise, and brimming with vitality. . . . In Russell's stories, malice strolls with morality, horror tangos with humor, and the spirits of Franz Kafka and Flannery O'Connor meet with unexpected comity. . . . With 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." --Richmond Times-Dispatch"Consistently arresting . . . startling . . . profound. . . . Even more impressive than Russell's critically acclaimed novel." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Dazzlingly strange. . . . Vacillating between horror and humor, Russell's writing recalls both George Saunders and vintage Stephen King, sometimes simultaneously."--Time Out Chicago "A darkly surreal treat." "Eight new cages of horror and heart and winding metamorphoses that would take a normal writer a lifetime to dream into being." --Interview magazine "Bone-chilling ... fantasy and horror underlined with social commentary." --People"As Russell's imagination soars, so does our joy in reading this collection." "Wildly inventive. . . . Wondrously strange and moving." --Reader's Digest"In these stories, familiar human emotions leap into relief against backdrops of almost Tim Burton-like weirdness. . . . [Russell's] stories are as robust as can be." --New York magazine "Karen Russell's stories defy definition. They are at once warm and sinister, a bubble bath with a shark fin lurking underneath the suds." --The Millions"Clever as hell." --BookRiot"Wildly imaginative. . . . Gorgeous. . . . Russell has once again mapped the dark country between our everyday and more primal selves." --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"A master of magical realism." --New York Observer "Powerful. . . . Russell 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 "Wondrously strange and moving." --Reader's Digest"Nearly flawless . . . . Russell's best work manages to both create a fascinating, surreal world and coax meaning out of it." --The Onion's A.V. Club

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