Thursday, December 14, 2006

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

My nomination for the best book of short stories for 2006.

Russell, at age 25, has created an astounding collection of misfits, each looking for a steady center. We have dead sisters, missing parents, oddly named children. Russell brings us from the depths of the ocean to the icy slope of a glacier with the errant touch of hope.

Every word, every sentence, is meticulous in its detail, like a Faberge egg, and equally as delicate.

I laughed, I cried, I took it out for coffee.

4.8 out of 5.0 Werewolves.


Anonymous said...

I just finished reading this book. Even though I tend to dislike books that waver on the fantastical, Russell's prose and control of her stories is amazing.

I'm not sure if it's my favorite of 2006 because Benjamin Percy and Charles D'Ambrosio equally blew me away but Russell's work is up there with them.

Dan Wickett said...

I'm looking forward to this one - it's near the top of my stack. Have you read the D'Ambrosio?