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On Strong Beach, an awkward teen with a terrible haircut has a reversal of fortune when he finds artefacts from the future lining a seagulls' nest. By the Hox River in Nebraska, a window fuels both family pride and deadly revenge. In a godforsaken barn in what they suspect is Kentucky, Presidents Eisenhower, John Adams and Rutherford B. Hayes are bemused to find themselves reincarnated as horses. And in the collection's title story, Clyde and Magreb - he a traditional capes-and-coffins vampire, she the more progressive variety - settle in an Italian lemon grove in the hope that its ripe fruit will keep their thirst for blood at bay.Karen Russell is an audacious talent with a wicked sense of humour, and this hotly anticipated new collection confirms her place as a master of the short story form, and one of the most imaginative young writers at work today.
Only one or two lemons tumble from the branches ...
VAMPIRES IN THE LEMON GROVE is a collection of eight stories that vary in quality from the truly, truly exceptional ("Proving Up") to the quickly forgettable ("The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach, 1979"). Without question, Karen Russell colors her work with a wildly inventive imagination.
Each story in the collection utilizes animals or ghost-like creatures to reveal something deeper.
"Vampires in the Lemon Grove" is a collection of eight contemporary and historic short stories by Karen Russell. The short stories alternately share common themes of horror, death, nature, theft, and the past.
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