St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

Stories

eBook - 2007
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In these ten glittering stories, Karen Russell takes us to the ghostely and magical swamps of the Florida Everglades. Here wolflike girls are reformed by nuns, a family makes their living wrestling alligators in a theme park, and little girls sail away on crab shells.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2007.
Edition: 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed.
ISBN: 9780307387639
0307387631
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (246 p.)
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)

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Jun 10, 2017

See previous comments on this book, especially the one by Kailo which gives a brilliant synopsis. A delightful, yet quirky little book.

AL_BETHW Aug 23, 2016

Quirky lit fiction

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 22, 2014

This is quite a quirky collection of strange tales. Russell's writing is solid, and her imagination is boundless. If you like George Saunders, you'll probably like Russell.

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Nov 20, 2009

Karen Russell?s ten short stories in this collection are narrated by children. And oh, what strange little children these are. In ?Haunting Olivia,? Timothy Sparrow and his brother Waldo Swallow take turns wearing a pair of pink goggles to search Gannon?s Boat Graveyard for the ghost of their dead sister, Olivia Lark, while their parents escape from grief and marital problems by touring Third World countries. Jacob, in ?from Children?s Reminiscences of the Westward Migration,? is the son of a Minotaur. When his family decides to move west, they hitch dear old dad to the wagon and set out for the great unknown, where Jacob?s father performs legendary feats of strength and usefulness on the trail, and is then accused of spreading lice to the children and titillating the cows. And in the whimsical title story, the daughters of werewolves are taken from their caves, renamed (GWARR! becomes Jeanette, for example), and taught how to behave in polite society, though there?s a part of them that would still rather run and howl and bite and scratch and snarl. Odd, quirky, and fanciful, these stories are still full of all the stuff and drama of real life. Things are not easily resolved in these stories; growing up is not a straight-forward, straight-laced business after all. Russell?s children are misfits who live in macabre worlds that are part myth; the stories they tell are strange and wonderful and entirely original. Even though the tales in St. Lucy?s Home for Girls Raised by Werewolves are fantastic in nature, they perfectly reveal the insightful glimmers of real life and the overwhelming imaginative powers that all children possess.

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