Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen RussellNamed a Best Book of the Year by:
The Boston Globe
O, The Oprah Magazine
The A.V. Club
A Washington Post Notable Book
An NPR Great Read of 2013
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.
Karen Russell: "Vampires in the Lemon Grove"
Vampires In The Lemon Grove: Stories
Grousing about awards is never fun, but the Pulitzer committee for fiction did itself no favors by rejecting all three finalists and declaring no winner for the year. It denied David Foster Wallace posthumous recognition for his immense contribution to literature—though with a lesser, incomplete final work. Denis Johnson was a finalist for the second time in four years, but with a novella originally published in The Paris Review in The title story depicts two vampires settled in an Italian lemon grove as their year marriage is tested when he develops a fear of flying. Presidents from throughout history end up in the barn, unable to communicate their past identities.
For such a young writer, Karen Russell has shown imagination and a freshness of writing that separates her from her peers. Her newest book, Vampires in the Lemon Grove , is a book of short stories set in a variety of locales that was published by Knopf in February. Full disclosure: Swamplandia! Russell really shines in her short stories. In the stories, her lyrical imagination is showcased in beautiful ways that let you lose yourself in the words.