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St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves: Stories (2006)

by Karen Russell

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In these ten stories, Karen Russell takes us to the ghostly and magical swamps of the Florida Everglades. Here wolflike girls are reformed by nuns, a family makes their living wrestling alligators in a theme park, and little girls sail away on crab shells.
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This series of short stories made absolutely no sense to me. The individual stories were okay, but I didn't vibe with it at all. I just kept waiting for it to get better, or at least make sense. I am so disappointed. ( )
  ViragoReads | Sep 30, 2022 |
a pack of girls raised by wolves are painstakingly reeducated by nuns.

Because it sounds awesome. Pity its a short story collection.

The Goodnatured-Wolves
  Litrvixen | Jun 23, 2022 |
While I want to give this book a glowing review for the inventiveness of the stories and my unending enjoyment of them, I was often pulled out of the stories by a disturbing undercurrent of animal abuse. With the exception of the title story, I think every story contained some reference to the mistreatment of animals--from sea turtle hatchlings being bagged up for nefarious purposes to orangutans being kept in a slovenly, cold, exclusively indoor habitat. The worlds Ms.Russell crafted are truly fascinating and a little bit of sadness and cruelty are expected in a literary work, but there were no happy endings in sight for the animal victims of these stories and that fact detracted mightily from my enjoyment of her work. ( )
1 vote hlkate | Oct 12, 2020 |
Loved it! Karen Russell really has an uncanny ability to capture the voice of teenage boys. I love that she's not afraid to have fun with literary fiction --- not something we always see! I can't wait to read her next book. ( )
  nancyjean19 | Jun 3, 2020 |
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Narrated by strange, quiet children and nestled deep in the mystique of the Everglades, Karen Russell’s stories are unnerving, darkly funny, and immensely enjoyable. Their standard recipe takes a common coming-of-age theme—“my parents are lunatics,” “death is part of life,” “growing up is hard”—folds it into a surreal situation—“my dad is a Minotaur,” “I am trapped in a giant conch shell with a janitor,” “my 14 sisters and I were raised by werewolves and now nuns are trying to prepare us for life in polite society”—and tops it off with superb, efficient sentences.
 

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Carson, Carol DevineCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tan, VirginiaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In these ten stories, Karen Russell takes us to the ghostly and magical swamps of the Florida Everglades. Here wolflike girls are reformed by nuns, a family makes their living wrestling alligators in a theme park, and little girls sail away on crab shells.

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