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Fashion Book: St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

2010 May 6
by Jill

This month’s book club selection was St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, a book of short stories by Karen Russell. The stories are lyrically written and full of strangely haunting characters. It’s a study in magic realism, the gritty quotidian woven in with the ethereally strange–in the title story, nuns operate a type of finishing school for “wolf-girls,” the offspring of werewolf parents. In another, “Haunting Olivia,” two boys search for their sister’s ghost underwater, meeting other types of ghostly sea creatures along the way. Sometimes the effect works, and sometimes it doesn’t. Overall, I liked the book–the stories were unique and evocative and beautifully written.

In the first story in the collection, “Ava Wrestles the Alligator,” Ava and her older sister Ossie are left to fend for themselves at their family’s alligator theme park, Swamplandia! Ava watches as Ossie descends deeper into her possession by demon boyfriend Luscious. In a pivotal scene in the story, Ossie invites Ava to the “Swamp Prom” where she wears live lizards in her hair and sways to Patsy Cline songs in the corner.

I thought it would be fun to create an outfit Ossie might have worn to the dance–a light-weight dress for the tropical heat, an alligator skin bag (faux), comfortable sandals, and lizard accessories, of course.
Fashion Book: St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

Julia Smith Hepburn sundress

Sam Edelman gladiator sandal

La Regale faux alligator clutch

Silver studded lizard bracelet

Chrysoprase Cabochon Lizard Ring

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