Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell audiobook

Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories

By Karen Russell
Read by various narrators

Random House Audio 9780307957238
9.26 Hours Unabridged
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From the author of the instant New York Times best seller Swamplandia! (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), a dazzling new collection of stories that showcases Karen Russell's gifts at their inimitable best. 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.  List of Stories and Readers: Vampires in the Lemon Grove read by Arthur Morey Reeling for the Empire read by Joy Osmanski  The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach, 1979 read by Kaleo Griffith  Proving Up read by Jesse Bernstein The Barn at the End of Our Term read  by Mark Bramhall Dougbert Shackleton's Rules of Antarctic Tailgating read by Michael Bybee  The New Veterans read by Romy Rosemont  The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis read by Robbie Daymond

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Summary

Summary

A 2013 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction

A 2013 Boston Globe Book of the Year for Best Fiction

An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013

A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller of 2013 for Fiction

A Huffington Post Best Book of 2013

A USA Today bestseller

A New York Times bestseller

A Los Angeles Times bestseller

A Publishers Weekly bestseller

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for February 2013

Selected for the February 2013 Indie Next List

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

From the author of the instant New York Times best seller Swamplandia! (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), a dazzling new collection of stories that showcases Karen Russell's gifts at their inimitable best.

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. 

List of Stories and Readers:
Vampires in the Lemon Grove read by Arthur Morey
Reeling for the Empire read by Joy Osmanski 
The Seagull Army Descends on Strong Beach, 1979 read by Kaleo Griffith 
Proving Up read by Jesse Bernstein
The Barn at the End of Our Term read  by Mark Bramhall
Dougbert Shackleton's Rules of Antarctic Tailgating read by Michael Bybee 
The New Veterans read by Romy Rosemont 
The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis read by Robbie Daymond

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Powerful . . . Russell pulls the rug out on our imagination, creating perplexing, surreal scenarios that bump into the common reality that most of us take for granted. Minneapolis Star Tribune
Russell’s tales flirt with the fantastical, but are rooted in darker realities . . . Even as she transforms the everyday into a wriggling bestiary, replete with colorful hallucinations and ghosts, her most haunting bits rely on the depiction of human impulses. Mother Jones 
Delightfully weird . . . moving. Esquire
Karen Russell casts another spell with her otherworldly collection of stories . . . Is she a Southern Gothicist? A parabolist? A moralist? Do her stories expand upon old histories, or create new, fantastical explanations for them? But the stories, without ever confining themselves to one genre or tradition, speak for themselves. Bullett Magazine
Wildly imaginative . . . gorgeous . . . Russell has once again mapped the dark country between our everyday and more primal selves. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Dazzlingly strange . . . Vacillating between horror and humor, Russell’s writing recalls both George Saunders and vintage Stephen King, sometimes simultaneously. The unifying factor is Russell’s blend of the real and supernatural, mundane and extraordinary—her magical realism is at times unsettling, but often darkly funny, too. Time Out Chicago
Delightfully bizarre . . . bone-chilling . . . fantasy and horror underlined with social commentary. People
A master of magical realism . . . Ms. Russell is at her best alternating between the wildly fantastical and the utterly banal, especially when she finds a way to fuse the two together . . . There is an exuberance to her descriptive abilities, a kind of ludic writerly joy in the process that translates to a readerly thrill in the results. New York Observer
In these stories, familiar human emotions leap into relief against backdrops of almost Tim Burton-like weirdness . . . Her stories are as robust as can be. But they also look like something internal flipped out: us. New York
Karen Russell’s stories defy definition. They are at once warm and sinister, a bubblebath with a shark fin lurking underneath the suds . . . fiction that expands the possible, gorgeous prose forged in the fires of dark beauty and wistful longing. The Millions
Witty, and wise, and brimming with vitality . . . In Russell’s stories, malice strolls with morality, horror tangos with humor, and the spirits of Franz Kafka and Flannery O’Connor meet with unexpected comity . . . With a voice that could spring from an unleashed demon—or an angel on amphetamines—Russell fills this exuberant collection with life’s radiance and shadows, enhanced by the possibility of redemption. Richmond Times-Dispatch
Like Russell’s previous work, Vampires in the Lemon Grove presents a writer with a seemingly infinite imagination and a tremendous appreciation for the possibilities of language, particularly its ability to extract beauty from the darkest places and situations . . . Her originality is relentless. SouthFlorida.com
An eight-tale adrenaline-delivery system packed with long-married, problem-beset monsters, abandoned children whose lives are in dire peril, teens with creepy sixth senses, and masseuses with inexplicable healing powers . . . Darkly inventive, demonically driven narratives set in the author’s inimitable imaginative disturbia. Elle  
Reading Vampires in the Lemon Grove is like taking off on a round-the-universe trip, each story a new adventure where the usual rules don’t apply . . . What Russell is doing doesn’t yet have a name. And that is why her work is so wonderful. Kirkus.com
Exquisitely peculiar . . . Vampires trades in the mythological waters of the Florida Everglades for eight new, but still darkly fantastical and dangerous worlds that constantly remind the reader that monsters and violence are always around the corner, and in ourselves. Wall Street Journal
Another madcap ride down the rabbit hole. Each of the eight tales here is wildly inventive, some fiendishly bizarre . . . Russell’s imagination routinely runs riot.            —The National  
Nearly flawless . . . Russell’s best work manages to both create a fascinating, surreal world and coax meaning out of it . . . This book covers war, gender issues, puberty, marriage, and death with such flair and delight that it’s still surprising to realize this is only Russell’s second story collection. The Onion (Grade: A-)
Russell sparkles . . . Vampires in the Lemon Grove illustrates this universally lauded, still-young writer’s undiminished mastery. Publisher’s Weekly
If you liked Russell’s novel Swamplandia, you’ll love her stories . . . I needed something truly wonderful to read, and I got lucky, finding the book I have most admired since the beginning of 2013, and that’s saying quite a bit! Weekend Local Reader
Vampires in the Lemon Grove brings together eight stories of transmutation, transmigration, and transgression for a collection that enchants and beguiles throughout. PopMatters
Consistently arresting . . . startling . . . profound . . . Even more impressive than Russell’s critically acclaimed novel. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Russell doesn’t work small. She’s a world builder, and the stranger the better . . . Russell’s great gift—along with her antic imagination—is her ability to create whole landscapes and lifetimes of strangeness within the confines of a short story. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The offbeat lusciousness of [Swamplandia] seems to be repeated in Russell’s new story collection . . . Don’t miss. Library Journal
Russell returns to the story form with renewed daring, leading us again into uncharted terrain, though as fantastic as the predicaments she imagines are, the emotions couldn’t be truer to life . . . Mind-blowing, mythic, macabre, hilarious. Booklist (starred review)
Russell has the wonderful ability for mixing the magical with the mundane to create stories that are not only fun to read but kind of kick you in your heart at the same time . . . She’s clever as hell. Book Riot
Magical . . . All of the stories collected in Vampires in the Lemon Grove are exceptional. Many writers attempt magical realism, but few succeed the way Karen Russell can. Her writing is tight, her characters are instantly lovable, and, most importantly, her stories are believable. Portland Book Review 
The stories in Karen Russell’s wonderful collection embrace the monstrous, the mutant, the mysterious . . . Set at the intersection of destiny and free will, nature and the supernatural, light and dark, the stories—even the frothiest—are sea deep, scary smart, richly inventive, highly illuminating, and gorgeously written. More Magazine
It’s difficult to think of another writer working today who has Russell’s talent for gorgeous, risky prose and a seemingly endless arsenal of odd, inventive narratives. Give her a setting and she’ll grow beautiful monsters in its brilliantly described ecosystem . . . Russell has created eight new theme parks in her stories; eight new cages of horror and heart and winding metamorphoses that would take a normal writer a lifetime to dream into being. Interview Magazine
In pieces that range from diverting frolics to ominous, cautionary tales, the author uplifts underdogs and rattles the willfully ignorant . . . Russell knows to ground her fancies with human fragility. This, and the ideas at play, is what sticks around. Time Out New York
Macabre, surprising, sympathetic, and in the end deeply empowering . . . At her best, Russell converts your doubts about her narrative audacity into a hard-won revelation of the truth in her prose. As she gracefully unspools the interior of her best realized characters, you forget that her stories could ever feel unnatural. Oxford American 
A darkly surreal treat. Wired.com
Excellent . . . Vampires earns its darkness, amounting to an update on E.T.A. Hoffman’s tales . . . It’s a strange compliment, but a genuine one, to say that Russell’s imagination really is capable of inducing nausea and terror. Barnes and Noble Review
Wildly inventive . . . wondrously strange and moving. Reader’s Digest
A force to behold . . . Russell establishes herself as a writer to track and to treasure. Madeleine Blais, Chicago Tribune
One of the most innovative, inspired short-story collections in the past decade . . . Vampires in the Lemon Grove is flawless and magnificent, and there’s absolutely no living author quite like Karen Russell. Michael Schaub, NPR  
Hilarious, exquisite, first-rate . . . It’s hard not to reflect on the origins of this wildly talented young writer’s ideas . . . A grim, stupendous magic is at work in these stories . . . Her work has a velocity and trajectory that is little less than dazzling and a tough, enveloping, exhilarating voice that cannot be equaled. Joy Williams, The New York Times Book Review
Vampires in the Lemon Grove shows Ms. Russell more in control of her craft than ever . . . Ms. Russell deftly combines elements of the weird and supernatural with acute psychological realism; elements of the gothic with dry, contemporary humor. From apparent influences as disparate as George Saunders, Saki, Stephen King, Carson McCullers and Joy Williams, she has fashioned a quirky, textured voice that is thoroughly her own: lyrical and funny, fantastical and meditative . . . Underscores her fecund and constantly surprising storytelling gifts . . . In these tales Ms. Russell combines careful research with minutely imagined details and a wonderfully vital sleight of hand to create narratives that possess both the resonance of myth and the immediacy of something new. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Astonishing . . . Vampires in the Lemon Grove stands out as Russell’s best book . . . with prose so alive it practically backflips off the page . . . One of Russell’s seemingly endless gifts as a writer is that her invented worlds shed new light on the one in which we live. Molly Antopol, San Francisco Chronicle
“Hilarious, exquisite, first-rate…A grim, stupendous, unfavorable magic is at work in these stories.” New York Times Book Review
Karen Russell’s imagination is one again on full, Technicolor, mind-bending display . . .  If Vampires in the Lemon Grove is an indicator of the future, Russell’s stories will be seizing our imaginations—and nibbling at the edges of our nightmares—for years to come. Amy Driscoll, Miami Herald
Each story is more inventive than the last, juxtaposing mundane human experiences and profound questions about consciousness, love, and mortality, with a hint of the supernatural . . . As Russell’s imagination soars, so does our joy in reading this collection. Oprah.com
Russell is so grand a writer—so otherworldly, yet emotionally devastating; so daffy and daring—that she doesn’t need an imprimatur to stake her claim to literary genius . . . One of the great American writers of our young century. Maureen Corrigan, NPR
Beautiful tales . . . Vampires in the Lemon Grove should cement Russell’s reputation as one of the most remarkable fantasists writing today. Elizabeth Hand, Washington Post
“Each story is more inventive than the last, juxtaposing mundane human experiences and profound questions about consciousness, love, and mortality, with a hint of the supernatural…As Russell’s imagination soars, so does our joy in reading this collection.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Delightfully bizarre…bone-chilling…fantasy and horror underlined with social commentary.” People
“In these tales [Russell] combines careful research with minutely imagined details and a wonderfully vital sleight of hand to create narratives that possess both the resonance of myth and the immediacy of something new.” New York Times
“Exquisitely peculiar…[Vampires in the Lemon Grove] trades in the mythological waters of the Florida Everglades for eight new, but still darkly fantastical and dangerous worlds that constantly remind the reader that monsters and violence are always around the corner, and in ourselves.” Wall Street Journal
“Beautiful tales…Vampires in the Lemon Grove should cement Russell’s reputation as one of the most remarkable fantasists writing today.” Washington Post
“A force to behold…Russell establishes herself as a writer to track and to treasure.” Chicago Tribune
“Astonishing…Vampires in the Lemon Grove stands out as Russell’s best book…with prose so alive it practically back-flips off the page.” San Francisco Chronicle
“A master of magical realism…There is an exuberance to [Russell’s] descriptive abilities, a kind of ludic writerly joy in the process that translates to a readerly thrill in the results.” New York Observer
“A darkly surreal treat.” Wired
“Wildly inventive…wondrously strange and moving.” Reader’s Digest
“Delightfully weird…moving.” Esquire
“Powerful…Russell pulls the rug out on our imagination, creating perplexing, surreal scenarios that bump into the common reality that most of us take for granted.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“One of the most innovative, inspired short-story collections in the past decade…Vampires in the Lemon Grove is flawless and magnificent, and there’s absolutely no living author quite like Karen Russell.” NPR
“If Vampires in the Lemon Grove is an indicator of the future, Russell’s stories will be seizing our imaginations—and nibbling at the edges of our nightmares—for years to come.” Miami Herald
“Witty, and wise, and brimming with vitality…In Russell’s stories, malice strolls with morality, horror tangos with humor, and the spirits of Franz Kafka and Flannery O’Connor meet with unexpected comity.” Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Wildly imaginative…gorgeous…Russell has once again mapped the dark country between our everyday and more primal selves.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“The stories in Karen Russell’s wonderful collection embrace the monstrous, the mutant, the mysterious…the stories—even the frothiest—are sea deep, scary smart, richly inventive, highly illuminating, and gorgeously written.” More
“Karen Russell’s stories defy definition. They are at once warm and sinister, a bubble bath with a shark fin lurking underneath the suds.”   Millions
“Wildly inventive.” National
“It’s difficult to think of another writer working today who has Russell’s talent for gorgeous, risky prose and a seemingly endless arsenal of odd, inventive narratives. Give her a setting and she’ll grow beautiful monsters in [a] brilliantly described ecosystem.” Interview
“Russell’s great gift…is her ability to create whole landscapes and lifetimes of strangeness within the confines of a short story.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Reading Vampires in the Lemon Grove is like taking off on a round-the-universe trip, each story a new adventure where the usual rules don’t apply…What Russell is doing doesn’t yet have a name. And that is why her work is so wonderful.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The offbeat lusciousness of [Swamplandia] seems to be repeated in Russell’s new story collection…Don’t miss [it].”  Library Journal
“Excellent…It’s a strange compliment, but a genuine one, to say that Russell’s imagination really is capable of inducing nausea and terror.” Barnes & Noble, editorial review

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Karen Russell

Author Bio: Karen Russell

Karen Russell, a native of Miami, won the 2012 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel Swamplandia! was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is a graduate of the Columbia MFA program, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2012 Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. She lives in Philadelphia.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.26
Audience: Adult
Language: English