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From the author of the New York Times best seller Swamplandia!—a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—a magical new collection of stories that showcases Karen Russell’s gifts at their inimitable best.

A dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left behind in a seagull’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 veteran’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 family’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 collection’s marvelous title story—an unforgettable parable of addiction and appetite, mortal terror and mortal love—two vampires in a sun-drenched lemon grove try helplessly to slake their thirst for blood.

Karen Russell is one of today’s most celebrated and vital writers—honored in The New Yorker’s list of the twenty best writers under the age of forty, Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists, and the National Book Foundation’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.  

This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guide. 

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Vampires in the Lemon Grove
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Funny and Delightfully Gothic Stories
November 2nd, 2014
This is a collection of delightfully weird short stories that question the normal. Russell is like a funny Flannery O’Connor, expertly blending humour and horror into a new take on the Southern Gothic genre. Her writing is clever, and, in places, causes laughter and goosebumps on the same page. Vampires in the Lemon Grove offers a twisted perspective of the world that creates strange and entertaining insights into the ordinary and the paranormal. My favourite of the stories in this book was "The Barn at the End of our Term."
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Random musings from the galactic permafrost.
May 16th, 2013
As a lifelong fan of the fantasy, supernatural and science fiction formats, I was extremely disappointed in this collection of nonsense and drivel. The stories remind me of the children's story "The Emperor's New Clothes"; as long as critics keep praising how brilliant the author is, some readers will buy into it. I do not. I would not recommend this book but, other readers can judge on their own.
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