Vampires in the Lemon Grove Hardcover – 12 Feb 2013
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"Her work has a velocity and a trajectroy that is little less than dazzling and a tough, enveloping, exhilarating voice than cannot be equaled." (Joy Williams, New York Times)
"A consistently arresting, frequently stunning collection...Even more impressive than Russell's critically acclaimed novel." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Karen Russell's third book, the story collection "Vampires in the Lemon Grove," should cement her reputation as one of the most remarkable fantasists writing today" (Elizabeth Hand Washington Post)
"Russell can take Antarctic tailgaters, an army of seagulls or simply a window and twist a tale that explodes on the page and lingers in the mind" (Fiona Wilson The Times)
"A touch of paradoxically grounding pixie humour. This way of writing is so clever that nothing needs to be added to the set-up. These stories have unbelievable strength" (M John Harrison Guardian) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A wickedly funny and dark new collection of dystopian tales from the Pulitzer and IMPAC shortlisted author of Swamplandia! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This brings me to the review of a collection of short stories I finished reading quite recently. "Vampires in the Lemon Grove" by Karen Russell is a collection like none other that I have read recently. I had heard a lot about Karen Russell. Her first book of stories and novel were major hits and I knew that if I were to start with the author, I would with this
book and I am glad it worked that way.
The collection as the title suggests is rather weird. The stories start abruptly and it takes a while for the reader to get into it, however once the reader does, then he or she wonders why did the story/stories end so soon. That is one of the best compliments according to me, a writer can receive.Read more ›
The intrigue of the title proves to be fulfilled in the first story. Vampire stories are all the rage, thanks in part to Stephanie Meyer's "Twilight" trilogy of books and the four films they became, so there is very little new that can be found in such a story, but Russell has managed to achieve that with a story of vampires attempting to change their diet. "Reeling for the Empire" is an unexpected delight and unlike anything I recall reading and the basic idea behind "The Barn at the End of Our Term" is brilliantly funny. "Proving Up" adds a dark twist to a frontier tale and leaves the ending deliciously up in the air.
"The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach, 1979" is a rites of passage tale and "The New Veterans" looks at ways of relieving post-traumatic stress. But neither leaves it there, as in Russell's hands these potentially standard subjects are given new life by adding something a little different. So does sports fandom, thanks to the hilarious "Dougbert Shackleton's Rules for Antarctic Tailgating" and another rites of passage tale sees bullies get a shock in "The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis", which also has a wonderfully open ending.
I've been intentionally very brief in my descriptions of the stories here.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was so magical to read! Almost every story had me immersed in each of the worlds they were told in and left me wanting to know more about what happened after the last... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kate
Didn't realise this was short stories when I bought it on Kindle. A good read but not my favourite book.Published on 17 April 2014 by Walkers
I'm a fan and have read all her previous books. Varied, interesting, imaginative and didn't disappoint. The story about the boy on the horse was haunting.Published on 11 July 2013 by slow reader