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The Yearling
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves - Karen Russell It's always hard to generalise about a collection of short stories. I loved a few of them - mainly those that had fewer fantasy elements (The Star-Gazer’s Log of Summer-Time Crime, Out to Sea, The City of Shells). These conveyed loneliness in a moving way. They also showed in different ways how people can be cruel or enable others to be so in order to belong to something. Most were in a child's voice, and lacked resolution. This made the whole collection feel a bit aimless to me.Finally and trivially, as someone from New Zealand, we don't have graham crackers and I didn't know what moon pies were (Accident Brief, Occurrence # 00/422). Finding that sort of detail wrong annoys me.