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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 September 12, 2006

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    These are ten delightful fables that star young heroes and heroines living in an offbeat magical Florida Everglades. The irony behind the uplifting tales is that they involve growing up to face reality yet still retain the magical environs of childhood while on the verge of losing their youthful enthusiasm forever. Each contribution is haunting (not just Olivia¿s tale) and satirical as Karen Russell brings out the inspirational ¿I won¿t Grow Up¿ from Peter Pan while having to pretend to have grown up albeit what are girls who just want to have fun raised by wolves but now left with nuns to do except to fake assimilation. Whether one searches for a dead sister using enchanted goggles or has a Minatare as a dad, ST. LUCY'S HOME FOR GIRLS RAISED BY WOLVES: AND OTHER STORIES is a fun compilation that cleverly lampoons adult solutions to children¿s problems by sending them to their room in this case a camp for troubled sleepers. --- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    Good book for short story lovers into Gothic and fantastic situations

    A collection of short stories, within fantastic and Gothic, and a slight dark humor. The stories are engaging to the point, as it happens with other short stories, that at the end you feel cheated, as if your were reading a loose chapter from a larger narrative, there is frustration of being left hanging. In all a good book, but if you like closed loops you may not enjoy it, if you want to peer into fantastic stories, even if you will never know what happened after everything went south, it will be a good one to check.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Exceptional writing with fully-drawn, compelling characters

    I think Karen Russell is the finest writer I have read in a looooong time. Some of her sentences make me gasp, they are so lovely. While her short stories are more than complete on their own, they are so fertile and consuming, I did not want some of them to end. I am also enjoying her new collection, and will impatiently wait for a new novel.

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  • Posted July 22, 2010

    unbelievaly good

    Ben Marcus, in one of the mini-reviews on the back cover, says "This book is a miracle.", and I can't help but to be in complete agreement with him.

    The book is wildly imaginative and beautiful. Ms. Russell is a writer's writer: she has an incredible imagination, is descriptive, her character's have unbelievable depth, and she is not afraid to write a story that does not have a distinct "and that's all folks!!" ending.

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