Vampires In The Lemon Grove
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Hardcover / e-Book
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From the author of the New York Times best seller
Swamplandia!â€”a finalist for the Pulitzer Prizeâ€”a magical new
collection of stories that showcases Karen Russellâ€™s gifts
at their inimitable best.
A dejected teenager discovers that the universe is
communicating with him through talismanic objects left
behind in a seagullâ€™s nest. A community of girls held
captive in a silk factory slowly transmute into human
silkworms, spinning delicate threads from their own bellies,
and escape by seizing the means of production for their own
revolutionary ends. A massage therapist discovers she has
the power to heal by manipulating the tattoos on a war
veteranâ€™s lower torso. When a group of boys stumble upon a
mutilated scarecrow bearing an uncanny resemblance to the
missing classmate they used to torment, an ordinary tale of
high school bullying becomes a sinister fantasy of guilt and
atonement. In a familyâ€™s disastrous quest for land in the
American West, the monster is the human hunger for
acquisition, and the victim is all we hold dear. And in the
collectionâ€™s marvelous title storyâ€”an unforgettable parable
of addiction and appetite, mortal terror and mortal loveâ€”two
vampires in a sun-drenched lemon grove try helplessly to
slake their thirst for blood.
Karen Russell is one of todayâ€™s most celebrated and vital
writersâ€”honored in The New Yorkerâ€™s list of the twenty best
writers under the age of forty, Grantaâ€™s Best of Young
American Novelists, and the National Book Foundationâ€™s five
best writers under the age of thirty-five. Her wondrous new
work displays a young writer of superlative originality and
invention coming into the full range and scale of her powers.
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