St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

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Karen's Russell's stories make even the more absurd ideas of Kelly Link look mundane. The first one features a girl whose sister may or may not be possessed by demons (to what extent her odd behavior is caused by simple insanity is left up to the reader). Another has two brothers following the path of their sister, who drowned years ago, to a cave full of light where they hope to recover her body.

To be honest, I read this book because of the title. That's a bad reason to read a book by any measure (especially if you aren't fond of the writing style of Charles de Lint) but everything I liked about the title I also liked about the book. Whether or not the stories are fantasy is left up to the reader to decide, making this book a prime example of what arrogant anti-genre people sometimes call "magical realism."

Unlike some anthology writers, Karen Russell doesn't try to mix good writing with bad- each story in this book is well worth the cover price, and exactly what short fiction should be.
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