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"Karen Russell first put a bite on my heart with her astonishing debut short story collection, Saint Lucy…more

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Nathan
Mar 06, 2012 Nathan rated it it was amazing
Goodreads!!!!! The ratings and reviews have pushed me into rating this book five stars. This is one of the great novels about place. It tackles Florida in the only way anyone could, by focusing on the strange. You live inside this book. Karen Russell has crafted a unique world, a creation that speaks volumes about reality. It is new, funny, bleak and so vastly interesting. Many people have complained about the ending and the drastic event that occurs near the end. Both are deeply unsatisfying to ...more
Martin
This book didn't do it for me. I probably should have abandoned ship halfway through, when I stopped to read not one, but two, other books. Instead, I came dutifully trudging back to deliver the coup de grace (to myself!).

So I'm not sure what all the buzz was about here. (NOW I understand (1/3rd of) the Pulitzer debacle!) I found almost no relation to actual human life in the pages of this book. I found almost no character or situation I could relate to or even imagine understanding. I found th
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Emily
Aug 19, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Ron Rash's The Cove
Recommended to Emily by: everyone; almost won a Pulitzer
" ... I believe I met my mother there, in the final instant. Not her ghost but some water portion of her, her self boundlessly recharged beneath the water. Her courage. In the cave I think she must have lent me some of it, because the strength I felt then was as huge as the sun. The yellow inside you that makes you want to live. I believe that she was the pulse and bloom that forced me toward the surface. She was the water that eased the clothes from my fingers. She was the muscular current that ...more
Diane
Nov 09, 2014 Diane rated it liked it
I liked it. Maybe about a 3.5 if Goodreads allowed half stars. The horrible things I pictured happening did not happen. OTHER horrible things did though. A very unconventional family and interesting story of resilience.
Sonya
Feb 08, 2016 Sonya rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, borrowed
This didn't quite hang together for me. I liked the writing and Russell's imagination. But for a three-hundred something page novel, it took me forever.
Ali LaFleur
hated it. completely hated it.
Amran Gaye
Jul 12, 2012 Amran Gaye marked it as to-read
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Apr 18, 2013 Christine marked it as to-read
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Lynn Grant
Oct 01, 2012 Lynn Grant rated it it was amazing
Laurel Kane
May 22, 2015 Laurel Kane marked it as to-read
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Jul 03, 2012 Julia Fierro marked it as to-read
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Jun 27, 2012 Aditi marked it as to-read
Jaime
May 04, 2012 Jaime rated it it was ok
Elizabeth
Apr 24, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, tob, favorites
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Shelves: eco
Devin
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Will
Apr 05, 2012 Will rated it it was ok
Natalie
Mar 31, 2012 Natalie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Floridian swamp rats
Larry Olson
Jun 27, 2015 Larry Olson marked it as to-read
Lindsey Smith
May 28, 2016 Lindsey Smith marked it as to-read
Shelves: diy-mfa
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