Karen Russell (2013)

Karen Russell

Karen Russell has been wildly hailed as a rising star among the next generation of great writers. She was honored as one of The New Yorker’s twenty best writers under the age of forty, as one of Granta magazine’s Best Young American Novelists and as one of the National Book Foundation’s five best writers under the age of thirty-five. Her first collection of stories, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, came out shortly after she graduated from Columbia University’s MFA program; it was named a Best Book of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle. Last year, her debut novel, Swamplandia!, was nominated, along with books by David Foster Wallace and Denis Johnson, for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction. NPR described her latest short-story collection, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, as “one of the most innovative, inspired short-story collections in the past decade.” [2013]