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St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

by Karen Russell

2013's Literary Geniuses 16

The MacArthur grant awards $625,000, “no strings attached” to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”

The Most Monstrous Version of Yourself: The Millions Interviews Karen Russell 7

I think there is something fascinating about the wickedness that boys get up to in groups. I used to take these groups of high school students abroad, and I swear to god, the boys individually would be beyond sweet, but collectively they would transform and posses this evil energy.

Most Anticipated: The Great 2013 Book Preview 57

At 7,900 words strong and encompassing 79 titles, this is the only 2013 book preview you will ever need.

A Year in Reading: Elissa Schappell 0

I’m certain I can, with guidance (and unless I’m sauced) avoid being a “chatterer” and a “tactless blunderer.” I will become skilled in how to deliver “a no as friendly as a yes.” I will learn, finally, that in writing and speaking, “simple Anglo-Saxon is best.”

The Millions Interview: Karen Russell 7

"I had a lot of fun writing Swamplandia! because it felt like I could juggle different kinds of worlds. And I feel like in life we’re all sort of operating in different registers all the time."

Most Anticipated: The Great 2011 Book Preview 61

8,000 words strong and encompassing 76 titles, it's the only 2011 book preview you will ever need.

Most Anticipated Summer Reading 2010 and Beyond: The Great 2010 Book Preview Continued 43

Dozens of books that you'll want to be reading for the rest of the year and into the next. Dig in!

The Death of the Absurd? 27

Laura van den Berg’s debut collection manages to establish an equilibrium between concept and poignancy. It doesn’t appear she trained to be a realist, but she may end up a champion of the movement.