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Russell, Karen 1981-

Overview
Works: 57 works in 272 publications in 12 languages and 12,647 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Short stories  Fantasy fiction  Paranormal fiction  Short stories, American  Thrillers (Fiction)  Horror fiction  Novellas  Psychological fiction  History 
Roles: Author, Thesis advisor, Creator
Classifications: PS3618.U755, 813.6
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Karen Russell
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell( Book )

74 editions published between 1220 and 2019 in 13 languages and held by 3,654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve year old Ava must travel into the Underworld part of the swamp in order to save her family's dynasty of Bigtree alligator wrestling. This novel takes us to the swamps of the Florida Everglades, and introduces us to Ava Bigtree, an unforgettable young heroine. The Bigtree alligator wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator wrestling theme park, formerly no. 1 in the region, is swiftly being encroached upon by a fearsome and sophisticated competitor called the World of Darkness. Ava's mother, the park's indomitable headliner, has just died; her sister, Ossie, has fallen in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, who may or may not be an actual ghost; and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, who dreams of becoming a scholar, has just defected to the World of Darkness in a last ditch effort to keep their family business from going under. Ava's father, affectionately known as Chief Bigtree, is AWOL; and that leaves Ava, a resourceful but terrified thirteen, to manage ninety eight gators as well as her own grief. Against a backdrop of hauntingly fecund plant life animated by ancient lizards and lawless hungers, the author has written a novel about a family's struggle to stay afloat in a world that is inexorably sinking
Vampires in the lemon grove : stories by Karen Russell( Book )

18 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 2,207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Six short stories with subjects ranging from a dejected teenager who discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left behind in a seagull's nest to two vampires in a sun-drenched lemon grove who try helplessly to slake their thirst for blood
St. Lucy's home for girls raised by wolves by Karen Russell( Book )

21 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These ten extraordinary stories introduce a new talent who opens a world to readers--the surreal marshes of the Florida Everglades where outlandish predicaments magically reveal the truth about one's life
Orange world : and other stories by Karen Russell( Book )

16 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and held by 1,334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents eight of the author's short stories. In "Bog Girl: A Romance," a story about first love, a young man falls in love with a two thousand year old girl that he's extracted from a mass of peat in a Northern European bog. In "The Prospectors," two opportunistic young women fleeing the Depression strike out for new territory, and find themselves fighting for their lives. In the title story, a new mother desperate to ensure her infant's safety strikes a diabolical deal, agreeing to breastfeed the devil in exchange for his protection. The landscape in which these stories unfold is a feral, slippery, purgatorial space, bracketed by the void - yet within it, the author captures the tenderness of ordinary life.--adapted from book jacket
The best American short stories 2014 by Charles Baxter( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents twenty of the best works of short fiction of the past year from a variety of acclaimed sources
The best American short stories 2016( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From a Nigerian boy's friendship with his family's former houseboy to a sweatshop girl's experience as a sister wife, from love and murder on the frontier to a meltdown in academe, these stories have the economy and power to "break hearts bones vanities and cages."
The best American short stories 2019 by Anthony Doerr( Book )

2 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents a selection of the best works of short fiction of 2019, from a variety of acclaimed sources
Vampires in the lemon grove by Karen Russell( Recording )

14 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the collection's marvelous title story, two aging vampires in a sun-drenched Italian lemon grove find their hundred-year marriage tested when one of them develops a fear of flying. In "The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach, 1979," a dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left in a seagull's nest. "Proving Up" and "The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis"--Stories of children left to fend for themselves in dire predicaments--find Russell veering into more sinister territory, and ultimately crossing the line into full-scale horror. In "The New Veterans," a massage therapist working with a tattooed war veteran discovers she has the power to heal by manipulating the images on his body. In all, these wondrous new pieces display a young writer of superlative originality and invention coming into the full range and scale of her powers
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell( )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and French and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve year old Ava must travel into the Underworld part of the swamp in order to save her family's dynasty of Bigtree alligator wresting
Sleep donation by Karen Russell( Book )

13 editions published between 2014 and 2020 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For the first time in paperback, a haunting novella from the uncannily imaginative author of the national bestsellers Swamplandia! and Orange World: the story of a deadly insomnia epidemic and the lengths one woman will go to to fight it. Trish Edgewater is the Slumber Corps' top recruiter. On the phone, at a specially organized Sleep Drive, even in a supermarket parking lot: Trish can get even the most reluctant healthy dreamer to donate sleep to an insomniac in crisis--one of hundreds of thousands of people who have totally lost the ability to sleep. Trish cries, she shakes, she shows potential donors a picture of her deceased sister, Dori: one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia plague that has swept the globe. Run by the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers, the Slumber Corps is at the forefront of the fight against this deadly new disease. But when Trish is confronted by "Baby A," the first universal sleep donor, and the mysterious "Donor Y," whose horrific infectious nightmares are threatening to sweep through the precious sleep supply, her faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter. Fully illustrated with dreamy evocations of Russell's singular imagination and featuring a brand-new "Nightmare Appendix," Sleep Donation will keep readers up long into the night and long after haunt their dreams"--
Vampires in the lemon grove by Karen Russell( Book )

16 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the author of the New York Times best seller Swamplandia! - a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize - a magical new collection of stories that showcases Karen Russell's gifts at their inimitable best. A dejected teenager discovers that the universe is communicating with him through talismanic objects left behind in a seagull's nest. A community of girls held captive in a silk factory slowly transmute into human silkworms, spinning delicate threads from their own bellies, and escape by seizing the means of production for their own revolutionary ends. A massage therapist discovers she has the power to heal by manipulating the tattoos on a war veteran's lower torso. When a group of boys stumble upon a mutilated scarecrow bearing an uncanny resemblance to the missing classmate they used to torment, an ordinary tale of high school bullying becomes a sinister fantasy of guilt and atonement. In a family's disastrous quest for land in the American West, the monster is the human hunger for acquisition, and the victim is all we hold dear. And in the collection's marvelous title story - an unforgettable parable of addiction and appetite, mortal terror and mortal love - two vampires in a sun-drenched lemon grove try helplessly to slake their thirst for blood
St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves : stories by Karen Russell( )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dazzling debut, a blazingly original voice: the ten stories in St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves introduce a radiant new talent. In the collection's title story, a pack of girls raised by wolves are painstakingly reeducated by nuns. In "Haunting Olivia," 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. In "Z.Z
Orange world and other stories by Karen Russell( )

6 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Pulitzer Finalist and universally beloved author of the New York Times best sellers Swamplandia! and Vampires in the Lemon Grove, a stunning new collection of short fiction that showcases Karen Russell's extraordinary, irresistible gifts of language and imagination. Karen Russell's comedic genius and mesmerizing talent for creating outlandish predicaments that uncannily mirror our inner in lives is on full display in these eight exuberant, arrestingly vivid, unforgettable stories. In"Bog Girl", a revelatory story about first love, a young man falls in love with a two thousand year old girl that he's extracted from a mass of peat in a Northern European bog. In "The Prospectors," two opportunistic young women fleeing the depression strike out for new territory, and find themselves fighting for their lives. In the brilliant, hilarious title story, a new mother desperate to ensure her infant's safety strikes a diabolical deal, agreeing to breastfeed the devil in exchange for his protection. The landscape in which these stories unfold is a feral, slippery, purgatorial space, bracketed by the void--yet within it Russell captures the exquisite beauty and tenderness of ordinary life. Orange World is a miracle of storytelling from a true modern master
The changeling by Joy Williams( Book )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When we first meet Pearl - young in years but advanced in her drinking - she's sitting at a hotel bar in Florida, throwing back gin and tonics. Cradled in the crook of her arm is her infant son. But the relief she feels at having fled her abusive husband, and the Northeastern island his family calls home, doesn't last for long. Soon she's being shepherded back. The island, for Pearl, is a place of madness and pain, and her drinking might dull the latter but it spurs on the former. Through the lens of Pearl's fragile consciousness, readers encounter the horror and triumph of both childhood and motherhood
Marrowstone by Karen Russell( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains Craven's Peninsula, 1878-1890; homesteaders; Marrowstone and Indian Island, 1891-1900; plat of Nordland townsite; family genealogies, and Nordland, 1899-1945
The best American short stories 2019( Recording )

2 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthony Doerr and series editor, Heidi Pitlor, select twenty stories that represent the best examples of the form published in 2018
Sleep donation : a novella by Karen Russell( )

3 editions published in 2020 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the first time in paperback, a haunting novella from the uncannily imaginative author of the national bestsellers Swamplandia! and Orange World: the story of a deadly insomnia epidemic and the lengths one woman will go to to fight it. Trish Edgewater is the Slumber Corps' top recruiter. On the phone, at a specially organized Sleep Drive, even in a supermarket parking lot: Trish can get even the most reluctant healthy dreamer to donate sleep to an insomniac in crisis--one of hundreds of thousands of people who have totally lost the ability to sleep. Trish cries, she shakes, she shows potential donors a picture of her deceased sister, Dori: one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia plague that has swept the globe. Run by the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers, the Slumber Corps is at the forefront of the fight against this deadly new disease. But when Trish is confronted by "Baby A," the first universal sleep donor, and the mysterious "Donor Y," whose horrific infectious nightmares are threatening to sweep through the precious sleep supply, her faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter. Fully illustrated with dreamy evocations of Russell's singular imagination and featuring a brand-new "Nightmare Appendix," Sleep Donation will keep readers up long into the night and long after haunt their dreams
ORANGE WORLD by Karen Russell( Book )

4 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The girl who is getting married by Aoko Matsuda( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Short story translated into English from Aoko Matsuda's collection of short stories: "Sutakkingu kanō", first published: Tokyo : Kawade Shobō Shinsha, 2013
St. Lucy's home for girls raised by wolves and other stories by Karen Russell( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A debut anthology of short stories, set against the backdrop of the Florida Everglades, includes original tales, including "Haunting Olivia," "Z.Z.'s Sleepaway Camp for Disordered Dreamers," "Out to Sea," and the title story, about fifteen young girls who had been raised by wolves and who are painstakingly re-educated by nuns. A first collection
 
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