Karen Russell, a native of Miami, has been featured inThe New Yorker’s debut fiction issue and onThe New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” list, and was chosen as one ofGranta’s Best Young American Novelists. In 2009, she received the 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation. Three of her short stories have been selected for theBestAmerican Short Storiesvolumes. She is currently writer-in-residence at Bard College. Virtuosic irrealist.
“Hopes were wallflowers. Hopes hugged the perimeter of a dance floor in your brain, tugging at their party lace, all perfume and hems and doomed expectation. They fanned their dance cards, these guests that pressed against the walls of your heart.”