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St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

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by Karen Russell

St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
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    Sep 2006, 256 pages
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    Aug 2007, 256 pages

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How does Russel feel to be listed as one of 25 Under 25 to Watch in New York Magazine?
"I am just bursting with joy and gratitude, of the slack-jawed, awestruck variety. This book is a miracle to me—it’s a miracle that it has an ISBN number and a cover, that it exists as a book at all when for so long it was just an ungainly word file on my computer. At this time last year, I would have been happy to place a story with The Journal of Spotted Dogs. To have found a home for the collection, it’s the great miracle of my life to date. My dream really did come true, which I think is a rare and wonderful thing to get to say ..... When I was at the New York magazine photo shoot, I was sitting next to fourteen year olds who had starred in Broadway musicals and invented and patented molecules. I was really flattered to be included with such an impressive group, but I also felt like a bit of a fool. Did I play three instruments with the philharmonic? Had I invented an incubator that ran on corn syrup and marbles? No, I had to inform people, no, I just imagined stuff. Pretty humbling!" More at BookBrowse.

What is Russell working on now?
In an interview with the New Yorker last year she explained that she's currently working on a novel and finding the experience "scary and exciting". She goes on to say that she loves stories "but they can start to feel imaginatively exhausting. They’re like these little circuses rolling through town. You spend all this time pitching the tents and tearing stubs and choreographing the elephants, and then the show’s over. It’s giddy, feverish work, whereas the novel has come much more slowly and required more care in its construction."

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