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St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised By Wolves

(2006)
A collection of stories by

 
 
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.


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August 2007 : USA Library Binding

Title: St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
Author(s): Karen Russell
ISBN: 1-62765-578-6 / 978-1-62765-578-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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September 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves: Stories
Author(s): Karen Russell
ISBN: 0-307-26398-3 / 978-0-307-26398-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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August 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
Author(s): Karen Russell
ISBN: 0-09-950732-3 / 978-0-09-950732-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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August 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Karen Russell
ISBN: 0-307-27667-8 / 978-0-307-27667-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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May 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
Author(s): Karen Russell
ISBN: 0-7011-8118-4 / 978-0-7011-8118-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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May 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves: Stories
Author(s): Karen Russell
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Title: St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves: Stories
Author(s): Karen Russell
Publisher: Random House Audio
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August 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Karen Russell
Publisher: Vintage
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