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This collection sees Karen Russell shift the balance between concept and narrative While she has always handled both deftly, she made a name for herself by creating fantastical and fabulist scenarios Those still remain, but the unreal elements of her stories seem subtler, serving to nudge the reader just outside of the possible, to let them see her deeply human narratives from a uniquely revealing angle That s because Russell is all about what s human, even if the human is sometimes a scarecr This collection sees Karen Russell shift the balance between concept and narrative While she has always handled both deftly, she made a name for herself by creating fantastical and fabulist scenarios Those still remain, but the unreal elements of her stories seem subtler, serving to nudge the reader just outside of the possible, to let them see her deeply human narratives from a uniquely revealing angle That s because Russell is all about what s human, even if the human is sometimes a scarecrow or a silkworm woman or a vampire.Despite being a writer of supreme empathy, Russell shows no hesitation in throwing her characters to the wolves As much as she loves her characters, she loves the story , and if something awful has to happen for the sake of the story then you can be sure it will She s a master of the looming doom, a feeling of foreboding lurking over the horizon The story Proving Up, for example, is like reading a slightly surreal Flannery O Connor.The prose of each story, even if the styles vary, is always controlled, like each letter was set in place with tweezers That sun ate lakes, rising out of dead volcanoes at dawn, triple the size of a harvest moon and skull white, a grass scorcher Russell has a way of crafting sentences that feel perfect without letting the reader fall into a preconceived comfort She excels at creating new linguistic experiences, which require an investment of attention and intellect.The most important part of this collection and all of Russell s writing is, for me, the childlike glee with which she explores her subjects Even in stories where glee seems like the absolute wrong word to describe them, it s hard not to feel her own wonder at the weirdness of her subjects With all the elements that I might quantify, it s this verve, elan, whatever you want to call it that makes Vampires in the Lemon Grove transcend literary expectations These are stories that you ll remember long after most others are forgotten I was delighted by this collection of weird and wonderful stories Almost as sprightly as Murakami and sometimes leaning toward the flavor of Annie Proulx s gothic tall tales and encounters with supernatural in her collections on the American West In the title story an ancient married couple, who happen to be immortal vampires, live among the gentry immigrated to Sorrento in sunny Italy Magred and Clyde keep up a refined banter worthy of the anti heroes in Pulp Fiction At the end of the day o I was delighted by this collection of weird and wonderful stories Almost as sprightly as Murakami and sometimes leaning toward the flavor of Annie Proulx s gothic tall tales and encounters with supernatural in her collections on the American West In the title story an ancient married couple, who happen to be immortal vampires, live among the gentry immigrated to Sorrento in sunny Italy Magred and Clyde keep up a refined banter worthy of the anti heroes in Pulp Fiction At the end of the day overseeing their fruit grove they take special pleasure of a daily cocktail hour with their harvest of fresh lemons They have learned from trial and error over the centuries that certain drinks can slake their rapacious lust for blood We spent our honeymoon hopping continents, hunting liquid chimeras mint tea in Fez, coconut flurries in Oahu, jet black coffee in Bogota, jackal s milk in Dakar, cherry coke floats in rural Alabama, a thousand beverages purported to have quenching properties.But we learn with a bit of comic flair that there are challenges keeping a marriage fresh for so many decades And we let loose with some dark garnish in the cocktail that assures us that no simple psychochemistry can really tame a vampire s natural ways Fun and spooky at the same time.A few elements of the situation of my favorites can give you a perspective on the range in these stories while revealing a convergence on a marriage of the comic weird and spooky weird In The New Veterans a massage therapist for veterans of the Iraq War with PTSD becomes obsessed with helping a survivor of an IED attack who has the story tattooed on his back In apparent homage to Bradbury, the relationship between the tale she draws from the man has a changing relationship with that in the tattoo I love how the therapist narrator s own story gives her a vested interest in healing this man Just as a reader is changed by grappling with different takes on a story, I got some zings as I channeled her struggle to deal with varying interpretations of the man and his tattoo while neither seemed to hold to a clear pattern.In The Barn at the End of Our Term we get the daffy scenario of the spirit minds of dead presidents relegated to an eternal horse farm Nice opportunity to explore what presidents from different eras would have to say to each other In a situation where all stripped down to a limited channel of being in the present, where all accomplishments of the past become a matter of historical memory or assertion, and the future kind of frozen and fuzzy Which president do you figure would get most wound up to escape somehow and God knows to where A whimsy you can get carried away with, at least until the imaginary solidity of the ice gets thin.Among amazing but somewhat less favored stories one women in Imperial Japan are trying to escape them enslavement as factory workers who not only spin silk, but produce it from their bodies like silkworms one that features seagulls which are getting involved in messing with the fates of some teenagers in New Jersey one that tracks the odyssey of an 11 year old boy while on a humanemission for his wheat farmer father in 19th century Nebraska, one beset by phantasms of his dead sisters growing out of the ground and visitations from farmers who came to a bad end one has some brutal school bullies of a kid with epilepsy experience a Stephen King kind of comeuppance another one that turns the fight between species in the Anarctic regions into a fantastical and comic international sporting eventI am not deeply experienced in the ways short stories do their magic I tend to feel short changed and hungry for a fuller arc about the characters and their story But collections like this begin to help me appreciate the microcosm of each story, with world building that takes the deftness of crafting a ship in a bottle And the sense of a window view that implies much that goes beyond the frame I felt a lot of cleverness here that wasplayful and mind bending rather than smug and profound #Download Book ⚜ Vampires in the Lemon Grove ¹ Named a Best Book of the Year by The Boston GlobeO, The Oprah MagazineHuffington PostThe AV ClubA Washington Post Notable BookAn NPR Great Read of From the author of the novel Swamplandia a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize comes a magical and uniquely daring collection of stories that showcases the author s gifts at their inimitable best Within these pages, a community of girls held captive in a Japanese silk factory slowly transmute into human silkworms and plot revolution a group of boys stumble upon a mutilated scarecrow that bears an uncanny resemblance to a missing classmate that they used to torment a family s disastrous quest for land in the American West has grave consequences and in the marvelous title story, two vampires in a sun drenched lemon grove try to slake their thirst for blood and come to terms with their immortal relationship Karen Russell seems to have jumped out of nowhere onto the mainstream literary scene with the publication of her first collection of stories I had been looking forward to this book coming out, because I loved Karen Russell s first book of short stories, God damn it, Karen Russell She s just too good at this, guys, and it s driving me crazy No one should be able to do what Karen Russell does her particular brand of magical realism, where the supernatural and suburban America blend seamlessly, is like nothing I ve ever encountered before It just isn t fair that all that talent got concentrated in one person Vampires in the Lemon Grove is Russell s second collection of short stories in my review of her first book, St Lucy s Home for Girls God damn it, Karen Russell She s just too good at this, guys, and it s driving me crazy No one should be able to do what Karen Russell does her particular brand of magical realism, where the supernatural and suburban America blend seamlessly, is like nothing I ve ever encountered before It just isn t fair that all that talent got concentrated in one person Vampires in the Lemon Grove is Russell s second collection of short stories in my review of her first book, St Lucy s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, I complained that most of the stories didn t have concrete endings, and often stopped right when they were starting to get good The writing was gorgeous, the settings and characters were fantastic, but the lack of closure to the stories irritated me Vampires in the Lemon Grove is infinitelysatisfying, with each of the stories having a much clearer beginning, middle, and end It s still Karen Russell, of course, so the stories do tend to stop sooner than you want them to, and you sometimes get the sense that Russell doesn t know how to resolve the scenario she s set up, so she opts to leave the ending open for interpretation to avoid having to give us concrete answers Reviewers who complain about the stories resolutions have clearly not read St Lucy s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves Compared to that, all of the stories presented here are muchorganized and complete, and knowing that Russell had improved made this muchenjoyable to read.And god, guys, the stories are so good There are eight in all, and the only clunker is The New Veterans, which attempts to address the Iraq war and PTSD, and ends on a sort of treacly note But it involves a massage therapist figuring out that she can manipulate a soldier s memories through his tattoos, so it was still pretty cool I had three favorite stories, and they all illustrate what s so great about Russell s writing in Reeling for the Empire, girls who are recruited to work in silk factories during the industrialization of Japan are given tea that turns them into silkworm human hybrids, and they spin silk in their stomachs that s extracted from their fingertips by a machine every day Proving Up is about a group of pioneer families struggling to survive while being shadowed by an unknown evil And my absolute favorite, The Barn at the End of Our Term, is about a stable where the horses are former US presidents who have died and been transformed into horses, with all their memories of their former lives our narrator is Rutherford B Hayes , and it s funny until it takes a hard left turn into Emotionally Devastating Lane and stays there, and suddenly you re wondering why a story about horse presidents is making you want to cry Such is the power of Karen Russell Several of us claim to be daughters of samurai, but of course there is no way for anyone to verify that now It s a relief, in a way, this new anonymity We come here tall and thin, noblewomen from Yamaguchi, graceful as calligraphy short and poor, Hida girls with bloody feet, crow voiced and vulgar entrusted to the Model Mill by our teary mothers rented out by our destitute uncles but within a day or two the drink the Recruitment Agent gave us begins to take effect And theour kaiko bodies begin to resemble one another, thefrantically each factory girl works to reinvent her past One of the consequences of our captivity here in Nowhere Mill, and of the darkness that pools on the factory floor, and of the polar fur that covers our faces, blanking us all into sisters, is that anybody can be anyone she likes in the past Just couldn t get into this one The stories really struggled with narrative momentum The title story and the second story are both very good Then things wane. I m not ordinarily a fan of the short story form but having read the first 2 stories in this collection, I am making an exception Karen Russell is wonderfully weird.TheI read, theamazed I am I ve read 7 of the stories now How a 30 year old woman can write this is beyond me.she must be an old soul, a brilliant old soul I keep thinking I ve just read my favorite story in the collection and then I read another one, and then I have new favorite. If I had to summarize this collection of short stories in a word it would be frustrating Karen Russell is clearly a very gifted writer and several of these short stories approach masterful, but here is the problem I don t think she knows how to finish a story Each one of these little gems is unique and unlike any other story in the book indeed, the style of the story varies wildly and wonderfully from story to story Each story begins as a wonderfully weird little idea gem and Russell wr If I had to summarize this collection of short stories in a word it would be frustrating Karen Russell is clearly a very gifted writer and several of these short stories approach masterful, but here is the problem I don t think she knows how to finish a story Each one of these little gems is unique and unlike any other story in the book indeed, the style of the story varies wildly and wonderfully from story to story Each story begins as a wonderfully weird little idea gem and Russell wraps that idea in layer upon layer of delicious prose, fleshing out the idea and creating fantastic and fascinating little worlds With only one exception the awful failed experiment of DOUGBERT SHACKLETON S RULES FOR ANTARCTIC TAILGATING the reader has a great time exploring each of the little worlds that Russell creates until the very end, when too oftennothing happens Short stories well, ANY story actually , is supposed to have a beginning, middle and end the end should be some resolution to the conflict or antagonism that was created in the first two sections Russell does a great job of carrying the ball downfield but then stops short of the goal line As an example, my favorite story in the collection is PROVING UP, a young boy s amazing, journey through the haunted frontier of early 19th century American settlers that races along intermittently thrilling and terrifying until what would seem to be the logical conclusion is left up to the reader s imagination to decide what happened to the protagonist After reading the last page three or four times I wanted to throw the book across the room Russell doesn t need to make the endings of stories intentionally vague it comes across as quasi intellectual gamesmanship The author draws from a deep and expressive and entertaining well of creativity to pull the reader along and set them up for a huge emotional payoff and then No you are going to have to figure this out for yourselves PROVING UP was, for me, the worst offender in terms of lack of conclusion, however THE SEAGULL ARMY DESCENDS ON STRONG BEACH, 1979 was, after a great emotional investment in the wonderfully drawn characters, another tremendous disappointment, as was the title story, VAMPIRES IN THE LEMON GROVE, which also suffered from being terminally precious and somewhat cloying REELING FOR THE EMPIRE was probably the most bizarre and successful story in the collection young girls are tricked into a kind of slave labor in feudal era Japan by signing on to spin silk, but in actuality, are transformed into human silkworms Although the conclusion was not entirely satisfying, it seemed to fit the otherworldly atmosphere of the story, as did THE BARN AT THE END OF OUR TERM, in which dead US Presidents are reincarnated as horses in a stable and converse and interact as equine versions of themselves bizarre and trippy and not altogether unsatisfactory, although disappointing In the two most conventional stories in the collection, THE NEW VETERANS and THE GRAVELESS DOLL OF ERIC MUTIS, Russell writes fully developed characters that are identifiable and relatable and has them evolve and act logically, but again, the conclusions to these stories are frustratingly obscure and the reader is left with a sense of Yeah but what did any of it MEAN I suppose that several of these stories might make for interesting book club discussions, but I think most readers will describe the same frustrations as I do Russell is a brilliant writer, but these stories come across as intentionally obtuse, as if Russell realizes that the reader will be forced to create their own conclusions and or debate the meaning of hers Readers of short fiction will quickly grow weary of such intellectual hide and seek this collection only has eight stories in it compared to the ten in her last collection, so on one hand, i feel cross because i always wantfrom her, but on the other hand, the stories i liked, i liked a lot but i m greedy, and sometimes 8 is not enough but they are good, and i liked each storythan the one preceding it in fact, the only one i wasn t crazy about was the second story, reeling for the empire, which felt like the longest story, but might not have been.greg snatched this this collection only has eight stories in it compared to the ten in her last collection, so on one hand, i feel cross because i always wantfrom her, but on the other hand, the stories i liked, i liked a lot but i m greedy, and sometimes 8 is not enough but they are good, and i liked each storythan the one preceding it in fact, the only one i wasn t crazy about was the second story, reeling for the empire, which felt like the longest story, but might not have been.greg snatched this ARC out of my hands before i could read it, when i told him i was only reading spooky books during october, and after he read it, he told me it was spooky enough to fit my self imposed and very strict criteria, and he allowed me to have it back and it s true many of these stories are a little creepy not scary scary, but unnerving don t come here looking for true horror, but there are disquieting elements that are very pleasing.i don t know if i am supposed to review it yet, because it is a long time until it is published, so for now i will just leave this little placeholder of a review, and i will probably go intodetail closer to publication date however.i am hoping that in the published edition, she will have edited the text to include franklin pierce as one of the horses and i love 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