Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories

Editorial reviews

Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories

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.

Reading this marvelous book, I felt the way one of its characters, Samson, feels about surfing: "It's like you're coasting outside of time, outside your own skin."

If, like me, you’re haunted by Bradbury’s calliopes, King’s snowbound resorts and dark woods, Poe’s cheerful murderers, and Mieville’s inter-dimensional insects, but also like a dash of humor with your terror, Vampires in the Lemon Grove is a must-read.

Vampires in the Lemon Grove is flawless and magnificent, and there's absolutely no living author quite like Karen Russell.

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.

Her work has a velocity and trajectory that is little less than dazzling and a tough, enveloping, exhilarating voice that cannot be equaled. Sometimes not even by Karen Russell herself.

“Vampires in the Lemon Grove” shows Ms. Russell more in control of her craft than ever: the occasional curlicues of language that distracted the reader’s attention in her earlier books have been tamed in these pages, and the structural lumps in “Swamplandia!” have given way here to finely hammered stories that have an organic shape and speed.