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  • Published: 7 March 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448155101
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

Vampires in the Lemon Grove




A wickedly funny and dark new collection of dystopian tales from the Pulitzer and IMPAC shortlisted author of Swamplandia!

An awkward teen with a terrible haircut has a reversal of fortune when he finds artefacts from the future lining a seagulls’ nest.

In a godforsaken barn, Presidents Eisenhower, John Adams and Rutherford B. Hayes are bemused to find themselves reincarnated as horses.

Clyde and Magreb – he a traditional capes-and-coffins vampire, she the more progressive variety – settle in an Italian lemon grove in the hope that its ripe fruit will keep their thirst for blood at bay.

‘Russell can take Antarctic tailgaters, an army of seagulls or simply a window and twist a tale that explodes on the page and lingers in the mind’ The Times

  • Pub date: 7 March 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448155101
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the Author

Karen Russell

Karen Russell, a native of Miami, has been featured in the New Yorker's debut fiction issue, was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists in 2007, and was named one of New Yorker magazine's 20 Under 40. Her first collection of short stories, St Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, was longlisted for the Guardian first book award. Her novel, Swamplandia!, was longlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize and shortlisted for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.

Altogether Karen has now won 2 National Magazine awards and had 4 of her stories published in Best American Short Stories. Both Swamplandia! and Vampires in the Lemon Grove have been US bestsellers. And in 2013 Karen won a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Praise for Vampires in the Lemon Grove

“Her work has a velocity and a trajectroy that is little less than dazzling and a tough, enveloping, exhilarating voice than cannot be equaled.”

Joy Williams, New York Times

“A consistently arresting, frequently stunning collection...Even more impressive than Russell's critically acclaimed novel.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Karen Russell’s third book, the story collection “Vampires in the Lemon Grove,” should cement her reputation as one of the most remarkable fantasists writing today”

Elizabeth Hand, Washington Post

“Russell can take Antarctic tailgaters, an army of seagulls or simply a window and twist a tale that explodes on the page and lingers in the mind”

Fiona Wilson, The Times

“A touch of paradoxically grounding pixie humour. This way of writing is so clever that nothing needs to be added to the set-up… These stories have unbelievable strength”

M John Harrison, Guardian

“These stories use the fantastical to make mythic sense of the human struggle, and perfectly balance light and dark, funny and serious, wacky and realistic”

Suzi Feay, Financial Times

“Russell is practised at whimsy and the surreal, at the magical and the unnerving”

Paul Laity, Prospect

“Russell’s storytelling, fusing realistic and fantastic elements, is imaginative and beautifully crafted”

Tina Jackson, Metro

“Wildly fun and full of suspense”

Jess Holland, Observer

“These stories will win her yet more fans, and offer typically colourful, off-the-wall entertainment”

Stephanie Cross, The Lady

“Karen Russell’s second collection feels completely fresh… The writing is spot-on throughout, with rich world-building and fleshed out characters”

Ally Nicholl, The List

“Russell's descriptions are well thought out, and she heightens all of the senses, often bringing taste, touch, sight and smell into her stories”

Kirsty Hewitt, Nudge

“Hilarious... Dazzling... Exhilarating”

New York Times

“Russell is practised at whimsy and the surreal, at the magical and the unnerving”

Paul Laity, Prospect

“A joy of a collection”

Bookbag

“What makes Russell's writing a cut above the rest is her fresh and inventive prose... Even [her] less effective narratives are hard to forget”

Emma Hagestadt, Independent

“Loneliness and mortality have never had such a fun twist”

Big Issue

“As subtle as the colour of Kitsune's silk”

M John Harrison, Guardian

“Russell is an amazing storyteller, and this book certainly whets the appetite for her next offering”

Irish Times


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