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June Meetup: "Vampires in the Lemon Grove"

Meet us at 8 to discuss Karen Russell's Vampires in the Lemon Grove, and come early at 7 to hang out, have some food and drinks, and discuss other things! Hope to see you there!


Karen Russell's first two books (St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and Swamplandia!) were triumphs of craft and imagination, heralding an exciting new voice in fiction.

Her new story collection, Vampires in the Lemon Grove--eight strange tales that might be described as the descendant of Bradbury's The October Country, if that book had been written in the throes of a fever dream--will only expand that reputation.

Russell doesn't (or maybe can't) limit herself to any particular genre: The title story leads with a twist on its seemingly undead subject; the prairie Gothic of "Proving Up" draws an apocalyptic landscape worthy of Lovecraft; and "The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis" examines the dawn of conscience in a thoroughly spooky coming-of-age story worthy of its title.

Despite their range, all are tied by Russell's inventive language and her boundless, dark vision. Vampires is at once lush and stark, and above all, thrillingly unnerving. --Jon Foro

“Russell is so grand a writer—so otherworldly, yet emotionally devastating; so daffy and daring—that she doesn’t need an imprimatur to stake her claim to literary genius…One of the great American writers of our young century.”
—Maureen Corrigan, NPR

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  • Lynn

    Sorry I missed the mtg again! I preferred Swamplandia for its Florida campiness as well as modern southern gothic twist.

    1 · June 4, 2013

  • Mona F.

    Terrific people and discussion. Book - not so much....

    2 · June 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I havnt read any work of karen russell, can I still attend the discussion?

    June 3, 2013

    • Mark L.

      Yes Shilpa, you can always come!

      June 4, 2013

  • Mark L.

    Very solid discussion as always. Helped me like the book more.

    1 · June 4, 2013

  • Juen

    I was ambivalent about the book, though not so much so; I'm still planning to finish it.

    2 · June 3, 2013

  • Anthony O.

    Great discussion. Thanks everybody. See you next time.

    2 · June 3, 2013

  • Giuliana L.

    Feeling under the weather and will not be able to attend tonight. Hope to be there in July to discuss "The Things They Carried."

    1 · June 3, 2013

  • Aileen

    Hi all, wanted to share that my first published poem is online at -- very excited, this is a whole new endeavor for me.

    2 · June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Away with Flicky in Seville visiting my eldest son, see you next month :)

    April 7, 2013

    • Mark L.

      Following your journey on Facebook!

      May 29, 2013

  • Giuliana L.

    The mention of Vampires in the premiere of the Oreo "Wonder filled" animated video during last night's Mad Men made me briefly consider creating a lemon-centric video response…

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • Dawn Lee H

    Miss you guys!!! I hope to secure a sitter and make this one!

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • Lynn

    I loved Swamplandia! I'm hoping for some more modern Florida gothic.

    1 · April 2, 2013

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