Karen Russell

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in Miami, The United States


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Karen Russell graduated from Columbia University's MFA program in 2006. Her stories have been featured in The Best American Short Stories, Conjunctions, Granta, The New Yorker, Oxford American, and Zoetrope. Her first book of short stories, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, was published in September 2006. In November 2009, she was named a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree. In June 2010, she was named a New Yorker "20 Under 40" honoree. Her first novel, Swamplandia!, was published in February 2011.

She lives in Washington Heights, New York.

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Stephen King Talks with Karen Russell (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Stephen King talks shop with Karen Russell about their latest books, Doctor Sleep and Sleep Donation.
“The beginning of the end can feel a lot like the middle when you are living in it.”
Karen Russell, Swamplandia!

“My older sister has entire kingdoms inside of her, and some of them are only accessible at certain seasons, in certain kinds of weather.”
Karen Russell, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

“Hopes were wallflowers. Hopes hugged the perimeter of a dance floor in your brain, tugging at their party lace, all perfume and hems and doomed expectation. They fanned their dance cards, these guests that pressed against the walls of your heart.”
Karen Russell, Swamplandia!



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