Karen Russell’s Note of Hope

July 19, 2019

How do you deal with today’s “fiery, uncertain world”? We don’t have a solution, but a new Karen Russell interview could bring a little relief. For the Rumpus, Russell spoke to Frances Yackel about love, motherhood, and her new collection, Orange World and Other Stories. “The idea of orange world is that it is the world where most of us conduct our lives, in the overlap between these states of impossible heaven and real hell. And so, I think that this, as an awning for all the stories, was appropriate. I found myself wanting, even with all of them dealing with death, grief, and anxiety, I just wanted there to be a note of hope and some feeling that even if the green world feels impossibly remote right now, even that is a place that we can all imagine ourselves into.”

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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