Author(s): Karen Russell
Charting loss, love, and the difficult art of growing up, these stories unfurl with wicked humour and insight. Two young boys make midnight trips to a boat graveyard in search of their dead sister, who set sail in the exoskeleton of a giant crab; a boy whose dreams foretell implacable tragedies is sent to 'Sleepaway Camp for Disordered Dreamers' (Cabin 1, Narcoleptics; Cabin 2, Insomniacs; Cabin 3, Somnambulists...); a Minotaur leads his family on the trail out West, and finally, in the collection's poignant and hilarious title story, fifteen girls raised by wolves are painstakingly re-civilised by nuns. These ten extraordinary stories introduce an audacious new talent, and a world in which weird and wonderful predicaments magically reveal the truth of our own lives. A blazingly original voice, a dazzling debut, a breathtaking discovery.
A blazingly original voice, a dazzling debut, a breathtaking discovery.
Karen Russell has been featured in both The New Yorker's debut fiction issue and New York magazine's 25 People to Watch Under the Age of 25. She is a graduate of the Columbia M.F.A. program and the 2005 recipient of the Transatlantic/Henfield Foundation Award; her fiction has recently appeared in Granta. Twenty-four years old, she lives in New York City.