KAREN RUSSELL “is arguably our greatest fantasist writing serious fiction today,” declares NPR, and People magazine writes, “Karen Russell is a storyteller with a voice like no other.” Her debut story collection St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, published when she was in her twenties, was called “original and astonishing, joyful and unsettling” in a starred Booklist review. Her novel Swamplandia! was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and selected by The New York Times as one of the 10 Best Books of 2011. Her other works include Vampires in the Lemon Grove and Other Stories and the e-book Sleep Donation: A Novella. Time Out Chicago calls Vampires “dazzlingly strange …. vacillating between horror and humor, Russell’s writing recalls both George Saunders and vintage Stephen King, sometimes simultaneously.” Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times writes, “[Russell] has fashioned a quirky, textured voice that is thoroughly her own: lyrical and funny, fantastical and meditative.” Russell was the youngest of the 2013 MacArthur Foundation “genius” fellowship recipients, and she has been included in The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40, the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, and among Granta’s Best Young American Novelists.
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