Orange World and Other Stories
Karen Russell's comedic genius and mesmerizing talent for creating outlandish predicaments that unca ...more
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A group of lactating mothers work together to defeat a very hungry demon. Sounds bizarre, I know, but I found it to be quite a mesmerizing read.
Bet the La Leche League never had to deal with this situation.
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This is a story of a woman, who while not exactly young is the first time mother. She is afraid to lose her child and has a deal with a devil to protect the child. She is not the only one. After the birth, the devil demand a daily breast-feeding, exhausting the mother.
It can be seen as an allusion of post-partum depression or more general, a fear that anything can hur ...more
"The breaking is continuous—in the ouroboros of caretaking, guilt and love and fear and love continuously swallow one another."
I don't know why I continue to try my luck with Karen Russell. It just seems that she disappoints either with her subject matter, her style, or her lack of conviction. This story was basically about a woman with a newborn child but also with a newborn demon that is trying to gorge off her. Russell tries to make the fantastic realistic by addition of a "humorous" support-group for women with like incidences. I am not convinced. Some might say, Well perhaps she's really writing an all ...more
In this collection, a couple of girls go to a fancy party at the top of the mountain to find out that they went to a very different party than the one they had anticipated, a couple's trip to Joshua Tree National Park gets weird when the spirit of one of the trees possesses th ...more
I'm incredibly grateful to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book.
This collection of short stories is surreal like Russell's other short story collections. However, the writing in this collection didn't live up to the high expectations I developed for Russell's work after reading Vampires in the Lemon Grove: And Other Stories. That collection of short stories is absolutely amazing, and I highly recommend reading it.
If discussion of/fear of injury and death of small children is a hard no for you, definitely skip this story. But as someone who has anxiety and who has gotten a lot of the fear-mongering without ever succeeding at getting pregnant, I found this weirdly comforting.
Do check out ORANGE WORLD. You won't be disappointed.