St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
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A San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year

In these ten glittering stories, debut author Karen Russell takes us to the ghostly and magical swamps of the Florida Everglades. Here wolf-like girls are reformed by nuns, a family makes their living wrestling alligators in a theme park, and little girls sail away on crab shells. Filled with stunning inventiveness and heart, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves introduces a radiant new writer.


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About Karen Russell

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Karen Russell, a native of Miami, has been featured in The New Yorker's debut fiction issue and on The New Yorker's 20 Under 40 list, and was chosen as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. In 2009, she received the 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation. Three of her short stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories volumes. She is currently writer-in-residence at Bard College.
 
Published August 14, 2007 by Vintage. 258 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Guardian

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Russell's explosively imaginative stories explore an adolescent hinterland, gradually unfurling to encompass a more ominous and unaccommodating world.

Aug 08 2008 | Read Full Review of St. Lucy's Home for Girls Rai...

Examiner

Did you think the short story was only meant for middle school English classes?

Dec 22 2011 | Read Full Review of St. Lucy's Home for Girls Rai...

Entertainment Weekly

With this weird, wondrous debut, 25-year-old Karen Russell blows up the aphorism ''Age equals experience.'' She also suggests that ''Write what you know'' is similarly useless, unless she's acquainted with a girl living on a Florida alligator farm, two brothers who dive for the ghost of their dea...

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Open Letters Monthly

In the primeval and spongy ecosystem of wetlands, the precise boundary between earth and water is mired in mystery, obscured in muck — and it’s in that place where acclaimed author Karen Russell steps up to share her love of all things swampen.

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The Paris Review

There’s a whole genre of YA novels where some kid is stranded by a plane, or stuck on an island, or lost in the woods, and they use their kid resources to survive through sheer luck.

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