St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

Karen Russell
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St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves


I know Karen Russell is supposed to be some sort of wunderkind. However, this collection did not impress me at all. It is probably trendy to write such stories these days, but I want a story that has an actual (and meaningful) conclusion rather than just stopping. Her first few stories do just this. She creates interesting situations (a sleep-away camp for kids with sleeping disorders, a boys' choir ceremonially singing down an avalanche, the Minotaur pulling his family's wagon across the Great Plains), but these stories don't go anywhere.

She tends to use adolescent narrators, and most of them sound exactly the same to me, regardless of their gender, location or time period. The narrator of the final story "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves," is the exception. The only two stories that I managed to read all the way through without stopping were the last two in the collection "Accident Brief, Occurence # 00/422" and the title piece, which is a stand out. I wish the other stories had been as interesting and complete as this on.

I will probably try her novella, Sleep Donation, because I would like to see what she does with a longer work, but I will skip Swamplandia because I didn't like the story in this collection that the novel is based on.