Sunday, June 17, 2012


Karen Russell has a way with words. Swamplandia! is simile-heavy, but I don't mind, not when they're like this:
The ice-blond foreign couples yoked into thick black camera straps like teams of oxen
I fell in love with Russell's work after reading her first book of short stories, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves.

Swamplandia! initially seems to be tinged with the same magical realism as the title story in St. Lucy's...but in this book Russell carefully creates a myth, only to suddenly raise the curtain and show that illusion doesn't really exist.

Needless to say, I'm eagerly awaiting her next work.

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