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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Russell Narrator: various narrators Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9780307748850
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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.’s Sleepaway Camp for Disordered Dreamers,” a boy whose dreams foretell implacable tragedies is sent to a summer camp for troubled sleepers (Cabin 1, Narcoleptics; Cabin 2, Sleep Apneics; Cabin 3, Somnambulists . . . ). And “Ava Wrestles the Alligator” introduces the remarkable Bigtree Wrestling Dynasty—Grandpa Sawtooth, Chief Bigtree, and twelve-year-old Ava—proprietors of Swamplandia!, the island’s #1 Gator Theme Park and Café. Ava is still mourning her mother when her father disappears, his final words to her the swamp maxim “Feed the gators, don’t talk to strangers.” Left to look after seventy incubating alligators and an older sister who may or may not be having sex with a succubus, Ava meets the Bird Man, and learns that when you’re a kid it’s often hard to tell the innocuous secrets from the ones that will kill you if you keep them.

Russell’s stories are beautifully written and exuberantly imagined, but it is the emotional precision behind their wondrous surfaces that makes them unforgettable. Magically, from the spiritual wilderness and ghostly swamps of the Florida Everglades, against a backdrop of ancient lizards and disconcertingly lush plant life—in an idiom that is as arrestingly lovely as it is surreal—Karen Russell shows us who we are and how we live.


List of Readers
Ava Wrestles the Alligator--Arielle Sitrick
Haunting Olivia--Zach McLarty
Z.Z.’s Sleep-Away Camp for Disordered Dreamers--Patrick Mackie
The Star-Gazer’s Log of Summer-Time Crime--Nick Chamian
from Children’s Reminiscences of the Westward Migration--Jesse Bernstein
Lady Yeti and the Palace of Artificial Snows--J.B. Adkins
The City of Shells--Kathe Mazur
Out To Sea--Arthur Morey
Accident Brief, Occurrence # 00/422--Kirby Heyborne
St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves--Deirdre Lovejoy Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year

  • A master of tone and texture and an authority on the bizarre, Karen Russell writes with great flair and fearlessness. Carlo Wolff, The Denver Post
  • How I wish these were my own words, instead of breakneck demon writer Karen Russell’s, whose stories begin, in prose form, where the jabberwock left off. . . . Run for your life. This girl is on fire. Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • Karen Russell is a storyteller with a voice like no other. . . . Laced with humor and compassion. Lauren Gallo, People
  • One of the strangest, creepiest, most surreal collections of tales published in recent memory. . . . Her writing bristles with confidence. June Sawyers, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Twent-five--year-old wunderkind Karen Russell . . . proves herself a mythologist of the darkest and most disturbing sort. . . . Ten unforgettable, gorgeously imaginative tales. Jenny Feldman, Elle

  • “A mythologist of the darkest and most disturbing sort…Ten unforgettable, gorgeously imaginative tales.”

    Elle

  • “Karen Russell is a storyteller with a voice like no other…Laced with humor and compassion.” 

    People

  • “How I wish these were my own words, instead of breakneck demon writer Karen Russell’s, whose stories begin, in prose form, where the jabberwock left off…Run for your life. This girl is on fire.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “One of the strangest, creepiest, most surreal collections of tales published in recent memory…Her writing bristles with confidence.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A master of tone and texture and an authority on the bizarre, Karen Russell writes with great flair and fearlessness.”

    Denver Post

  • “Her macabre fantasies structurally evoke great Southern writers like Flannery O’Connor.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This startlingly original set of stories…is not to be missed, and author Russell…is poised to become a literary powerhouse.”

    Library Journal

  • “Russell writes even the smallest details with audacious, witty precision…and her scenes deftly balance mythology and the gleeful absurdity of Monty Python with a darker urgency to acknowledge the ancient, the infinite, and the inadequacies of being human.”

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  • A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year
  • A Chicago Tribune Book of the Year
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About the Author
Author 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.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.