Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories by Karen Russell

By Karen Russell

From the writer of the New York Times top vendor Swamplandia!—a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—a magical new choice of tales that showcases Karen Russell’s presents at their inimitable best.

A dejected youngster discovers that the universe is speaking with him via talismanic items left in the back of in a seagull’s nest.  A group of women held captive in a silk manufacturing unit slowly transmute into human silkworms, spinning gentle threads from their very own bellies, and get away by way of seizing the technique of creation for his or her personal innovative ends. A therapeutic massage therapist discovers she has the facility to heal by means of manipulating the tattoos on a warfare veteran’s decrease torso. whilst a gaggle of boys bump into a mutilated scarecrow bearing an uncanny resemblance to the lacking classmate they used to torment, a typical story of highschool bullying turns into a sinister myth of guilt and atonement. In a family’s disastrous quest for land within the American West, the monster is the human starvation for acquisition, and the sufferer is all we carry expensive. And within the collection’s magnificent name story—an unforgettable parable of dependancy and urge for food, mortal terror and mortal love—two vampires in a sun-drenched lemon grove try out helplessly to slake their thirst for blood.

Karen Russell is one in every of today’s such a lot celebrated and very important writers—honored in The New Yorker’s checklist of the twenty top writers below the age of 40, Granta’s better of younger American Novelists, and the nationwide booklet Foundation’s 5 top writers below the age of thirty-five.  Her wondrous new paintings monitors a tender author of superlative originality and invention entering the whole diversity and scale of her powers.  

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From the writer of the recent York occasions most sensible vendor Swamplandia! —a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—a magical new choice of tales that showcases Karen Russell’s presents at their inimitable best.

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Waves of sensation rippled across my skin. Then the lashes felt like little bites, sharp kisses. I realized that he was already touching me. Intensely. I realized that he was already holding me, more securely than I had ever been held in my adult life. “Yes,” I said through my tears. ” He freed me, released the ropes binding me, then gathered me into his arms as I cried. “You are mine,” he 56 lariat said softly, keeping me bound in his close embrace. Then he kissed my tears, pressed his body against my body, and encircled me with his ruthless and protective love.

Those dark almond-shaped eyes lifted to mine and my knees went weak. Get a grip, I reminded myself. He was fifteen years younger than me, probably vanilla and probably not interested in me that way. “Answer me,” he said. ” I summoned my courage. “My deal is that I like being dominated. ” Alejandro put a chlorine tablet in the pool filter. Then 44 the prodigy he walked up to me and pulled my cotton nightie over my head without warning. Instinctively I reached for it but he was faster than I was, and bound it around my wrists.

Check this out,” he had said the last time I was at his place, reaching into a nearby bag and handing me a leather cuff. ” I asked, turning it over in my hands. The cuff was smooth black leather with a metal belt-like clasp. I was already turned on by the time I gingerly placed it on my wrist and looked at him. He took my hand and belted the cuff tightly. Then he reached into the bag and took out the other one. Silently, solemnly, he affixed it to my wrist, then held both my hands in his. His eyes were blurry with desire.

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