Orange world and other stories

by Karen Russell

Hardcover, 2019


Checked out
Due Jul 6, 2020


New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.


"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"--

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LibraryThing member lisapeet
I called this "delightful" elsewhere, and I think that's going to be my standing adjective for this collection, in all senses of the word. I love how you can see Russell's imagination at work, the "what if?" behind every story—whether it's (perhaps) a photograph she may have seen, or a news item, or a question in her own head, there's this wonderful authorial inquisitiveness bubbling under the surface of each one. Some are set in the past, some in the future; there's quite a bit of magical realism—not always my favorite trends in recent short fiction—but it's more on the allegorical tip and it works for me here. Altogether just a very enjoyable collection.… (more)
LibraryThing member Beamis12
What Russell has accomplished with these stories are hard to describe, but I'll try. She takes what often starts off as a relatively normal situation, and then pulls the stories into a surreal world. One never knows when, how or even why it happens but it does. I'm always in awe of authors who have this kind of imagination, and write so well that the reader accepts these situations as they are. Fiendish!

This is a strong work. Eight stories, all but one I liked, the first, The Prospector my favorite. There is humor, horror, unbelievable happenings accepted as normal. They are strange, but always recognizable, the emotion true. In short, very unexpected, different, and executed well.

"Look," he says dreamily, and points to where the moon is rising, bright and enormous as the door to another Galaxy, on the opposite side of the bay."

ARc from Edelweiss.
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LibraryThing member nancyjean19
Karen Russell is one of my favorite writers around today. While I enjoyed all of her word choices - "koalaing" as verb was adorable, for example – I preferred the stories that hewed a bit closer to reality, with something mystical thrown in. "The Bad Graft" and "Orange World" were my favorites, though I did like the post-climate change twist of "The Gondoliers," too. Looking forward to her next work, as always!… (more)
LibraryThing member sleahey
This is a collection of short stories to be savored. After reading Swamplandia I expected fine writing, but my expectations were exceeded. Karen Russell 's style is elegant, lyrical, and accessible, with memorable turns of phrase. The stories may seem bizarre, but the plots move along and capture our attention, and although the characters and their situations may be incredible and even distasteful, at the same time we believe in them and care.… (more)



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