Monday, May 7, 2012

Book I Read in April

St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell

Sorry I'm late on this review, but better late than never, right? St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves is a total treat for the brain, and you should click on this beautiful picture of the cover and order it immediately from Amazon. (If you don't see a picture, try viewing the blog using a browser other than Chrome). I bow down to Karen Russell, who has managed to create a collection of short stories that feels completely fresh, unique, and entertaining. At the center of the collection are young protagonists with fascinating stories: A girl watches her teen sister enter into a relationship with a ghost, a little girl is trapped in a giant shell, a boy whose father is a Minotaur makes the journey west with his family, and of course, a girl in a rehabilitation home for girls raised by werewolves struggles to adapt. The stories are so unique and often start in the middle, forcing the reader to quickly adapt to the new and strange surroundings. The characters are so memorable and so wonderful. The endings are the kind that M.F.A. program directors dream about getting their students to write, though sometimes you are left quite short of closure, and yet, the endings feel spot on. The only thing that made me feel better about finishing this collection, was the knowledge that I had a copy of Russell's novel (Swamplandia) with me in my bag. If you've never read a collection of short stories before, this is a wonderful collection to start with. Short story reading is satisfying, because it allows you to pick up a story and finish it all in the same seating. They are especially great for planes or the beach! So, pick up a copy of this book and pack it in your carry on.

I'm home for my trip to Austin. Spending the next 4 days in Midland to give finals and get grades submitted, and then off to Austin again on Friday. May is going to be a chaotic month over here. We're doing our best to hold on!

<3 S, B, L&Z

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