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St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
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St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

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Author: Karen Russell
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006
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Genre: Fantasy
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Charting loss, love and the difficult art of growing up, these stories unfurl with wicked humour and insight. Two young boys make midnight trips to a boat graveyard in search of their dead sister, who set sail in the exoskeleton of a giant crab; a boy whose dreams foretell implacable tragedies is sent to 'Sleepaway Camp for Disordered Dreamers'; a Minotaur leads his family on the trail out West, and finally, in the collection's poignant and hilarious title story, fifteen girls raised by wolves are painstakingly re-civilised by nuns.

Russell's stories are beautifully written and exuberantly imagined, but it is the emotional precision behind their wondrous surfaces that makes them unforgettable. Magically, from the spiritual wilderness and ghostly swamps of the Florida Everglades, against a backdrop of ancient lizards and disconcertingly lush plant life--in an idiom that is as arrestingly lovely as it is surreal--Karen Russell shows us who we are and how we live.

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  (4/5/2017)

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