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Karen Russell

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Karen Russell born in Miami, Florida is an American novelist. Her debut novel, Swamplandia!, was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. No prize for fiction was awarded that year.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   Swamplandia! (2011)
Novellas and Short Stories
   Sleep Donation (2014)
   Bog Girl (2022)
Series contributed to
Trespass collection
   4. Stag (2022)
Karen Russell recommends
The Morningside (2024)
Téa Obreht
"Obreht is such an expert and generous storyteller, infusing The Morningside with the pleasures of folklore and fairy tale while simultaneously diving deep into the silences and irreconcilable contradictions in the stories we inherit about the past."
Roxy and Coco (2024)
Terese Svoboda
"There are many mythic reimaginings out there, but I can guarantee you that Roxy and Coco is unlike anything you've read - Terese Svoboda's harpies are winged avengers, a celestial task force who save kids who have been abused by their terrestrial protectors. Who but Svoboda with her talons descending from the clouds could wrest so much humor, poetry, and beauty from the abyss?"
Toad (2022)
Katherine Dunn
"Toad is a gift to those of us who have been dreaming for decades of a new novel from Katherine Dunn, and a book that will bring her many devoted new fans. Nobody's sentences heave and breathe like Dunn's do. Her language scintillates and sheds its scales, revealing truths that nobody else dares to utter, or can. She is Portland's bard of 'the genuine wound, ' exploring the deep world within the body and the human animal's capacities for savagery, tenderness, loneliness, friendship, loathing, and love."

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Anthologies containing stories by Karen Russell
The Best American Short Stories 2022 (2022)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Andrew Sean Greer
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2022 (2022)
(Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, book 8)
edited by
Rebecca Roanhorse

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