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Orange World and Other Stories
Orange World and Other Stories | Karen Russell
From the Pulitzer finalist and universally beloved author of the New York Times best sellers Swamplandia! and Vampires in the Lemon Grove, a stunning new collection of short fiction that showcases her extraordinary gifts of language and imagination These nine exuberant, arrestingly vivid, emotionally precise stories present one of America's most gifted young writers at the top of her form. In "Bog Girl," a young man falls in love with a two-thousand-year-old girl that he's extracted from a mass of peat in a Floridian bog. In "The Bad Graft," a couple on a road trip stop in Joshua Tree National Park, where the spirit of a giant tree accidentally infects the young woman, their fates becoming permanently entangled. In the brilliant, hilarious "Orange World," a new mother desperate to ensure her daughter's health strikes a diabolical deal--she agrees to breastfeed the devil in exchange for his protection. In "The Prospectors," two opportunistic young women fleeing the depression strike out for new territory, and find themselves fighting for their lives. Survival stories, love stories, stories of surreal and magnificent transformation--this is haunting and beautiful work from a true modern master.
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mdemanatee
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“Writing that survives the bodies that produced it is always haunted, I guess.” Karen Russell is perfect for fall days, and I‘m glad I saved this one.

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Aloisi_tribe
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Karen Russell‘s new book, #Orange World, is supposed to be very creepy.

#chillingphotochallenge #scarathlon @Clwojick

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AlizaApp
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Magical realism short stories from the author of Swamplandia. I had already read the title story in the New Yorker, and liked it, but the other new ones were great.

rachelsbrittain Glad to hear they're good! I still need to read this collection 1mo
readordierachel Awesome. I just snagged this from the library. 1mo
Avanders Hiya lady — just checking in on your #cozyswap package .. less than a week to open date! 👏🏽👏🏽 Have you sent yours? (Sorry if I missed it!) 🎃♥️ 1mo
AlizaApp @Avanders it went out yesterday I am just behind on posting 🙈 coming soon I promise! 🧡🍂📚 1mo
Avanders No worries!! And thanks & yay!! 🎃♥️🎃♥️🎃 1mo
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quietjenn
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It's been awhile since I decided into any sort stories. Trying out this collection with lunch.

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suzisteffen
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Also about to start this book (image from a Russell short story - Orange World, as a matter of fact- in the New Yorker). Can I finish it, Nickel Boys, and two nonfiction books before August 1? Well, that‘s the plan. 😂👀

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Godpants
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I haven‘t read Swamplandia but have some friends who LOVE Karen Russell. I don‘t really enjoy short story collections, so let‘s see if I stick with it.

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Floresj
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Really creative short stories that take a slight detour on the natural world. Well written, interesting but was not my favorite collection. Definitely will read this author again, but these just were a bit too supernatural for me!

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Lauredhel
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Library haul!

Bindrosbookshelf Amazing haul! 4mo
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scowler1
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Completely bizarre and brilliant collection of short stories. Incredible imaginings and beautiful writing from a truly unique mind.

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ReadingEnvy
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This is my second favorite Karen Russell (I will always hold St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves as one of my favorite books.) Top stories include The Bad Graft, Bog Girl: A Romance, and The Gondoliers. All of these have some kind of conflict between humans and the natural world, from infiltrating cacti to corpses to a Florida covered in toxic water.

Cortg A co-worker was reading and raving about how I‘d like this, so it‘s officially “stacked!” 4mo
Theaelizabet Hearing nothing but good things about this one. She‘s an author I need to try. 4mo
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emz711
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Loved it! The stories have really stayed with me. They're so slightly off reality.
#magicalrealism #tornado #bog #tree

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unabridgedchick
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Only one dud in this collection; the rest skirt adventure and horror and terrible reality.

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TheBookStacker
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I love her short stories so much, but I was completely spellbound by swamplandia! and I wish she would write another novel.

emz711 I feel the total opposite for some reason. Her sort stories are soooo good 4mo
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Heatherleegee
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I‘m pretty sure Karen Russell writes with a magical pen. I LOVED these stories! Can‘t pick a favorite, they were all amazing. She‘s such an inspiration for my own writing.

Also, I went to see her read at Harvard Books. She kept looking at me during her talk and when I finally reached her in the signing line she said she thought I was her friend! Wish I was!

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unabridgedchick
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I am not feeling swoony about this, my first Karen Russell.

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Mollyegutman
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After 34 pages of paper writing in two days, the first year of my PhD is in the ~books~! It‘s time to tuck into this gem.

I read collections out of order; first I reread stories I‘ve already encountered, and then I read in order of most exciting title. I often don‘t make it to every single story.

How do you read story collections?

rachelsbrittain Usually in order tbh 😂 5mo
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I had plans for this weekend, but mysteriously they've been cancelled. No one can explain this strange phenomenon. No one. #orangeworld @aaknopf #karenrussell

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aeeklund
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HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO KAREN RUSSELL‘S ORANGE WORLD!! 🎉🎉🧡🧡📙🍊✴️🔶

Karen Russell‘s work is some of my favorite writing happening today, and it‘s so exciting to have her latest out in the world to shove at people!!

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