Vampires in the Lemon Grove: And Other Stories (Vintage …

Astonishing. . . . Vampires in the Lemon Grove stands out as Russells best book. . .with prose so alive it practically backflips off the page. San Francisco ChronicleFrom 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 TimesOne of the most innovative, inspired short-story collections in the past decade. . . . Theres absolutely no living author quite like Karen Russell. Michael Schaub, NPRKaren Russells imagination is once again on full, Technicolor, mind-bending display. . . . Russells stories will be seizing our imaginationsand nibbling at the edges of our nightmaresfor years to come. The Miami HeraldHilarious, exquisite, first-rate. Joy Williams, The New York Times Book Review One of the great American writers of our young century. Maureen Corrigan, NPRDarkly inventive, demonically driven. Elle “No one combines the fantastical with the mundane quite like Karen Russell. . . . The stories inVampiresportray 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 generations 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 PostWitty, and wise, and brimming with vitality. . . . In Russells stories, malice strolls with morality, horror tangos with humor, and the spirits of Franz Kafka and Flannery OConnor meet with unexpected comity. . . . With a voice that could spring from an unleashed demonor an angel on amphetaminesRussell fills this exuberant collection with lifes radiance and shadows. Richmond Times-DispatchConsistently arresting . . . startling . . . profound. . . . Even more impressive than Russells critically acclaimed novel. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Dazzlingly strange. . . . Vacillating between horror and humor, Russells writing recalls both George Saunders and vintage Stephen King, sometimes simultaneously.Time Out Chicago A darkly surreal treat. Wired.com

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. PeopleAs Russells imagination soars, so does our joy in reading this collection. Oprah.com

Wildly inventive. . . . Wondrously strange and moving. Readers DigestIn these stories, familiar human emotions leap into relief against backdrops of almost Tim Burton-like weirdness. . . . [Russells] stories are as robust as can be. New York magazine

Karen Russells stories defy definition. They are at once warm and sinister, a bubble bath with a shark fin lurking underneath the suds. The MillionsClever as hell. BookRiotWildly imaginative. . . . Gorgeous. . . . Russell has once again mapped the dark country between our everyday and more primal selves. Milwaukee Journal SentinelA 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 TribuneWondrously strange and moving. Readers DigestNearly flawless . . . . Russells best work manages to both create a fascinating, surreal world and coax meaning out of it. The Onions A.V. Club

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