Wednesday, June 12, 2013

currently reading | vampires in the lemon grove.

Karen Russell is quickly becoming one my favorite authors--a knack for the supernatural or fantasy, she runs with her imagination, and ties her oddball stories up in the most beautiful words. Vampires in the Lemon Grove is  Russell's second published collection of short stories, including works heavily based in fantasy (such as vampires living among mortals, struggling with their urges and their own immortality, or  young women turned to silkworms against their will) as well as stories where the supernatural is far less obvious, and possibly a little more intricately woven. The story I found most intriguing and haunting was "The New Veterans", a story of a woman struggling with her own past and the deaths of her parents, and a returning veteran battling his memories and his losses from the war.  A particularly fitting read over Memorial Day weekend, but a story I think always relevant. I know few people left untouched by this war and its veterans.

If you are looking for a summer read--whether you fancy fantasy or not--this is a great book to pick up. I also recommend checking out Swamplandia! and St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Werewolves also by Karen Russell.

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