Short Story Review: Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell (Vampires in the Lemon Grove)

 I thought I’d do some reviews of individual short stories. I hope you find them interesting. 

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Vampires in the Lemon Grove, as well as being the title story, is the opening tale of the collection. As an enticement to read on it sets the bar high.

Russell describes what could be seen from the outside as an old man sitting in a lemon grove instead he is an old vampire who is sits out in the sun. How is this possible? Russell answers this:

You small morals don’t realise the power of your stories.

I have to admit that sucking lemons doesn’t sound like a pleasant alternative to blood  but Clyde finds relief for his fangs, though as we go through the story we see the effect on him and his sort of wife Magreb, I saw sort of wife as I don’t think they’ve had a ceremony, and I think they have a different sort of marriage.

Clyde tells us about his life as the current phase is slipping away and that Is where I’ll leave it.

The impression this tale leaves is that Karen is lyrical and imaginative and as such bolds well for the collection.

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell is published today by Chatto & Windus.

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