I read the short stories in a couple of sittings. Creepy, in the best sense of the word. There’s a fantasy feel that makes some of the grit palatable, at first. “Dark” and “edgy” have become publisher’s clichés, but, really… this one’s dark and edgy. A great first book by a young writer.
I saw Karen Russell read from St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Raised By Wolves at the short story festival in Cork, Ireland. Great reading—bought myself a signed copy for the plane. An exciting collection from a twenty-something author. A surreal vision of Florida, her home state— like Lonely Christopher’s collection, there’s a fantasy feel, but it isn’t fantasy writing. Genre distinctions don’t matter here, it’s good writing. Karen’s first novel, Swamplandia! just came out, and the reviews are all over the map. It’s burning a hole on my desk as we speak. I’ll start it tonight! To be continued….
(Reposted from 2/9/2011)