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St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A comment on Russell's first story

If you can, track down Russell's debut in The New Yorker magazine in June of this year - 'Accident Report.' Absolutely astonishing narrative in a completely fictional world.

posted by Anonymous on September 12, 2006

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Eh...felt incomplete

Interesting premises for the stories, but none of them seemed complete. Every time I thought, "Oh, this is getting really good", the story would end. It was sort of a letdown.

After two stories you see the pattern: character with an extraordinary talent/background/to...
Interesting premises for the stories, but none of them seemed complete. Every time I thought, "Oh, this is getting really good", the story would end. It was sort of a letdown.

After two stories you see the pattern: character with an extraordinary talent/background/toy/story, meager plot, and then no resolution. The more stories I read, the less I liked the collection. And I really, really, wanted to like it.

posted by heyjessica on February 20, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2007

    Same Old Type of Stories

    With all the hype around this book I was very excited to read it only to be highly, awfully disappointed. Each story is written as if from a formula being taught to young writers in creative writing programs around the country these days: set up a problem, create some overly eccentric characters, use the flashiest most poetic language you can muster, and then write a resolution that half resolves the problem and half leaves it open, making the reader say, 'Oh, wow, what next?' Another problem is that many of the stories are told in first-person by an adolescent narrator, and in the present tense, yet they use that flashy, poetic language -- how many teenagers are smart enough out there to write such stories? It's obviously the author doing the writing, not the character-narrator, and so the whole illusion of the story breaks down and fails. Also, none of the themes in this book are new: growing up is hard to do, my parents aren't there for me, the world stinks. It's the same old thing wrapped up in a new package. I'd recommend a pass on this one.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 21, 2011

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