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Book Title: The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis|
The author of the book: Karen Russell
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 464 KB
Edition: Electric Literature
Date of issue: February 18th 2013
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Read full description of the books The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis:Karen Russell’s wicked prose and deliciously crafted metaphors (“A black eel thrashed in Larry’s stomach”) make this novella a captivating read, one that I would highly recommend for either the young adult audience or any adult that enjoys the slightly twisted.
The antagonist becomes the protagonist in this tale, and through the first person POV we enter the mind of Larry Rubio. He is a quiet bully whose encounter with an effigy brings his conscience over the threshold that lies between the mindlessly angry boy and the teenager who is beginning to realize that sometimes it is regretfully too late to do the right thing. Rife with internal and external conflict, this plot moves along quickly and kept me riveted the entire time.
In Larry’s world, not all children have great home lives. It’s a place where children have hard-working single parents and cheap, knock-off shoes. In this world, kids line up at one of two lines: the one for free lunches or the one for the kids whose families can afford to pay. The park where Larry and his friends hang out is an urban excuse for a natural wildlife area, a place even the Canadian geese choose to avoid. Whether the setting is the product of the characters in this story or the characters are a product of their environment is debatable. The author brings fully-developed characters to life in their world of Anthem City, New Jersey through realistic dialogue and crisp descriptive language.
I found this after hearing that Karen Russell would be the keynote speaker for the 2015 AWP conference (hosted in my hometown, Minneapolis, yay!). Having never read her work, I found this to be a great example of her writing, very readable at just under 40 pages.
Read information about the authorKaren Russell graduated from Columbia University's MFA program in 2006. Her stories have been featured in The Best American Short Stories, Conjunctions, Granta, The New Yorker, Oxford American, and Zoetrope. Her first book of short stories, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, was published in September 2006. In November 2009, she was named a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree. In June 2010, she was named a New Yorker "20 Under 40" honoree. Her first novel, Swamplandia!, was published in February 2011.
She lives in Washington Heights, New York.
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