Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell

Orange World and Other Stories

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 Karen Russell's extraordinary, irresistible gifts of language and imagination.Karen Russell's comedic genius and mesmerizing talent for creating outlandish predicaments that uncannily mirror our inner in lives is on full display in these eight exuberant...

Details Orange World and Other Stories

TitleOrange World and Other Stories
Release DateMay 14th, 2019
PublisherRandom House Large Print Publishing
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Literary Fiction, Audiobook, Short Story Collection, Adult, Adult Fiction, Horror

Reviews Orange World and Other Stories

  • karen
    NOW AVAILABLE!!!i've already read and reviewed the first two stories in this collection (The Prospectors and The Bad Graft) during 2017's december advent calendar, so i'm ahead of the game! and you, too, can be ahead of the game, as four of the eight stories in this collection previously appeared in the new yorker. here are your links: orange world, bog girl, the prospectors, and the bad graft.i'm not sure if the other stories can be found elsewh...
  • Diane S ☔
    What Russell has accomplished with these stories is 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 bu...
  • Melki
    “O.K.,” Yvette says, breathing loudly through her nose. “That’s O.K. Weaning is a process.”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.Read it for yourself - “O.K.,” Yvette says, breathing loudly through her nose. “That’s O.K....
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    This is my second favorite Karen Russell (I will always hold St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves as one of my favorite books.) Top stories include The Bad Graft, Bog Girl: A Romance, and The Gondoliers. All of these have some kind of conflict between humans and the natural world, from infiltrating cacti to corpses to a Florida covered in toxic water.Here is a link to The Bad Graft in the New Yorker if you want to try it out.At ALA Midwinte...
  • Andrew
    I have no idea how Russell comes up with these mystical and bizarre stories, but I'm glad that she does. "The Bad Graft" is the story of a Joshua Tree's spirit invading a woman's body that I can't stop thinking about; then there's "The Gondoliers", with gorgeous description of the eerily-real future of Florida, somewhat abandoned after an environmental catastrophe; and the short but bittersweet life of a dog in "Madame Bovary's Greyhound". This c...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Having new books by Helen Phillips (The Need – read it immediately) and Karen Russell in the same year is almost more excitement than I can handle. Both writers work in the literary surreal/purgatorial/unsettling/horror/weird space and I very much love it. These stories are truly brilliant and Russell is a master storyteller (but we knew that already).
  • Bridgit Morgan
    This was a fascinating collection of short stories! They were all great, but The Tornado Auction was definitely my favorite: that one will stick with me for a long time.
  • Cat
    I remember when Swamplandia! came out, and I obsessively recommended and described it to people. (I must've been such a charming dinner guest.) As far as I'm concerned, Orange World and Other Stories is the pinnacle of Russell's stylistic and imaginative achievement thus far. Each of her tales is so vivid and slightly askew. With a central fantastic conceit played out in an insistently realistic world (not necessarily our world, mind you, but a r...
  • Paige
    How does she condense so much narrative into each perfectly calibrated, brightly colored story? The secret must lie in those sentences, oh my GOD, Russell’s prose is a reminder of what it is to read and enjoy a singular voice. I am so in love with this book. It’s her best so far, and that’s saying a LOT.
  • Alena
    I will say that Karen Russell’s imagination is. Fertile and complex place. Her short stories are incredibly varied and always unexpected. Unfortunately, I just didn’t engage with most of these. I often leave her work thinking I should like it, but alas ...
  • Mari
    Take a look through any reviews for Karen Russell and you'll find so many people wondering how the heck she comes up with these things. Why you may not like it: Russell's stories always start off normal enough and take a dive into the uncanny. A lot of her stories feel strange for the sake of being strange. I don't often find that I can find deeper meanings or reasons, so if a bunch of short stories about weird things doesn't sound like a good ti...
  • Oleksandr Zholud
    This is a fantasy/supernatural/magic realism short story about a new mother and her fears. It can be nominated for this year Hugo.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 depres...
  • Tony
    Interesting enough little tale but really suffers for being too little. Well written but ultimately goes nowhere - or jumps off before the final destination. This would make a decent book though!It's free; follow the link on the page...
  • Bill Hsu
    I liked "The Tornado Auction" and the title story, didn't care much for the rest. I thought her two earlier collections were more interesting, with more charm and magic.
  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    I’m not sure exactly what is going on in Karen Russell’s brain, but if I could get a little of that in my morning coffee I’m pretty sure the world would paint itself over in ultraviolet. She is on another wavelength entirely and it is a strange, brilliant, and wonderful place.Russell is already known for her short stories, Orange World being her third collection and having had work appear in everything from The New Yorker to Zoetrope to The...
  • Jason Furman
    A friend of mine ruined Karen Russell for me by telling me that she liked stories where the edges bend, a notion that captured the fantastical as a metaphor that I liked so much in, for example, in everything from Kafka stories to Her Body and Other Parties. The problem with Karen Russell, as she pointed out and immediately resonated with me, is the edges do not bend. It is all quite literal. I love just about all of the literal concepts in Orang...
  • Jill
    Strange things happen to people in Karen Russell tales. In this, her third short story collection, those things include fortune-seeking young girls who end up dancing with zombies, a teenage boy who falls in love with a red-haired bog corpse, a depressed middle-aged man raising tornadoes, and in the epistolary tale, a new mother who is forced to suckle the devil.The power of the stories is their seamless weaving of natural and supernatural, blend...
  • Jessica Klahr
    This collection was almost everything I hoped it would be. Russell’s ability to construct entire worlds and a strong sense of completeness by the end is uncanny. The first three stories were my favorite, as they were prime examples of her doing what she does best: taking what starts out to appear as normal society and adding more and more weirdness almost to the brink of absurdity and then reeling it back a little. “The Bog Girl,” for insta...
  • Melora
    Strange, intriguing stories. “The Bad Graft” was amazingly inventive, but when I started reading “The Gondoliers,” a dystopian Florida story, I was sure it was going to be my favorite. It went too long, though, and eventually got too confusing. And then I got to the last story – “Orange World” – which is just amazing. My youngest child is now seventeen, but “Orange World” brought back all the overpowering love, devotion, and f...
  • Alan
    ABNORMAL RESULT. HIGH RISK. CLINICAL OUTCOME UNKNOWN.—"Orange World," p.235Karen Russell's Orange World isn't what you think it is. Oh, sure, it's good—and that you certainly ought to expect, if you've read any of Russell's previous work—but every story in this collection takes a wry and unexpected turn or two, and brings at least one trenchant observation about human nature. Russell seems to know a lot about human nature, in fact, and thes...
  • Elizabeth☮
    What a fascinating range of stories. I must get her first collection now.
  • Thekelburrows
    Karen Russell is DOPE
  • Jessica Sullivan
    This collection is so good I can’t even handle it! Surreal, atmospheric, unsettling takes on familiar themes: the uncertainty of new relationships, the realities of climate change, the desperate need to protect the ones we love.Two women attend a party at a ski lodge full of ghosts. On a trip to the desert, a woman is infected with the spirit of a Joshua tree. A posthumous surgeon in the 1600s is tasked with performing a disturbing ritual to pr...
  • Dawn C
    I encountered Karen Russell through a short story called The Bog Girl, which I absolutely loved. It's also part of this collection and I must say that's the best of the lot. The rest of them were just okay. Russell's creative use of words and gorgeous imagery that I was fascinated by in The Bog Girl didn't really come through in this collection, for some reason. I'm not done with her yet, though, so I hope to find it again.
  • Natalie
    I felt more strongly about some stories than others but they were endlessly creative and beautifully written.
  • Elizabeth
    The feeling that Karen Russell generates in me through these stories is a feeling I want to live in forever.
  • Kim Lockhart
    These stories, as different as they are from each other, share a common element. Each story takes one character attribute such as fear, greed, or egoism, and launches the ordinary into the surreal. The result is beautiful prose on a runaway train in the abandoned mine of the imagination. It's quite the ride.
  • Kait McNamee
    I love Karen Russell's work, and this book was no exception. While it didn't capture me the same way Vampires in the Lemon Grove did, I still enjoyed the short stories in this collection. It really covers a breadth of topics, from historic ghosts & vampires to demon-fighting moms in Portland. This book is a quick read for fall, mainly because a lot of themes line up with Halloween (but not in a super on-the-nose way). I love Karen Russell's wo...
  • Drew
    I'm giving the book three stars although I could honestly give it four for the stories that I did like, and for the fact that even the ones I didn't I still admired. But I think my patience for Karen Russell has dwindled since I once declared her my short-story-spirit-animal. Every single Karen Russell story has a similar voice, even if the characters and plots and even the actual quality of the prose are different -- and that grated on me. So, t...
  • Varsha Ravi (between.bookends)
    Another wildly inventive, dark collection of stories from a master storyteller that doesn't fail to impress. Touching on a variety of topics ranging from environmentalism, global warming, post-partum depression, first love, and all that's in between, these stories crackle with a fierce imagination and a touch of the other-worldly. Russell tinkers with daily, human and mundane realities, presenting them in outlandish and curiously dark settings, t...