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Feeling alone? Join the party in a darkly comic and deeply felt short story about fragility and resilience in the Mojave Desert by the New York Times bestselling author of Swamplandia!

Still recovering from a brutal breakup, Stan Dobrev crashes a “divorce party” in the Southern California desert. An unknown extra in a stranger’s drama, he’s on his way back to the bar when a fellow interloper catches his wandering eye. She’s a formidable tortoise named Greeley, trudging through the drunken revelry and chaos like a true survivor. Before the night is over, she’ll lead Stan on a strange journey beyond oblivion.

Karen Russell’s Stag is part of Trespass, a collection of wild stories about animal instincts, human folly, and survival from award-winning, bestselling authors. Read or listen to each in a single sitting.

©2022 Karen Russell. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Karen Russell is such a delight

I really do love Karen Russell's work. She's so utterly absurd and delightful, but not so over the top that I can't believe in the characters. I wish she'd do another novel, but I'll take something like this, for sure. They should have just given her the Pulitzer for Swamplandia! That was such a scam. If you don't know what I'm talking about, Google it, it was such an awful pile of garbage what they did to her and the other contenders. Anyway, though, get this. It's really good.

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totally took a turn

it actually was ok. The narrator wasn't great but mundane which fit the character.
Then the meaning came out at the end of the story.

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Interesting Story

I've found the short books in this collection to be very different. Maybe it's the genre? Narration is great, and the story is too. I was rooting for the tortoise. Just unusual to me. But anyhow, good job.