Karen Russells

Have not read Swamplandia! or St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Who Were Raised By Wolves – on title alone both sound excellent – but I did enjoy Karen Russell’s article about Spanish bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla, seen here before a bull gored out his left eye:

Pepe doesn’t think he will ever recover from his son’s accident.

“I thought that I had killed him,” he says in a raw voice. “I thought that I had murdered my son. I was the one who encouraged him in this profession….”

Pepe Padilla has raised three toreros. (Oscar, the middle son, retired as a banderillero the day after Juan Jose’s goring and now runs a chain of pet-supply stores.) Pepe coached his sons after school, caping cows with them in the green hills around Jerez. He once dreamed of being a matador himself. As a teenager, he was a novillero, a matador in training. “But I was a coward,” he says, smiling. “Not like my Juan.”

Today, Pepe is a charmer in his sixties with uncorrected teeth, gold jewelry wreathed by silver chest hair, and one droopy eyelid. For decades he worked as a baker in Jerez, sleeping three or four hours, heading back out before dawn to support his seven children. (Seven children! Franco years, he grins, shaking his head. Everything scarce and hard-won, including condoms.)

So I went on twitter to see if Karen Russell was on there.  She is not, but there are 50+ other Karen Russells.  Here are some of the twitter biographies of these other Karen Russells:

Country girl at heart who loves her kids (fifth grader & my Navy girl), husband (the judge) and my animals (horses and dog). Life is Good!!!!

I’m a public relations professor, but in my spare time I read mysteries (and sometimes watch on film).

Lives in Fife. Ex Army, Qualified Veterinary Nurse. Doesn’t suffer fools.

Mom of 4 boys, blogger, addicted to Young Adult books, Facebook, and twitter.

23 & a sweet down-to-earth TX girl ! I work as a Paralegal in Downtown Houston!

Married 40 something mum working in OT, diagnosed in may 2011 with severe inflammatory arthritis,learning to accept life changes 🙂

Born, live and work in the best place in the world…. Yorkshire!!!

Christian, mom of three, wife, I make videos of various Christian topics

A curious lover of life who never tires of trivial facts or useful knowledge.

Mother of one, forgiven sinner, lover of classic rock, reader of mysteries, rider of motorcycles, and sometime knitter.

Accountancy student at Glasgow Uni, flute player, Scout Leader, and master of procrastination.

i am a mom to 3 special need boys

registered nurse, church pianist

engaged to a woman who has taught me to be a better woman and mother. so that makes me the luckiest woman in this world.

A feisty free spirit that has low tolerance for stupidity and loves to bake. I also love my grands

im 47 yrs old seperated from my husband i have four sons two are in the army and now my 16 yr old is thinking of joining.i was born in north london.

love spendin time with family n friends,love my job not many can say that haha, have two georgous children who are my world


Nutty 40 something that loves horse riding, badminton, hockey and watching pretty much all sport, am an Arsenal supporter, have 2 daughters & grumpy husband.

I teach mathematics

One Comment on “Karen Russells”

  1. Kristina says:

    Greetings from the Manila office. I would not recommend Swamplandia. On title alone, I thought that it would highlight cracker life in the Florida swamps. It didn’t, and was just really upsetting.

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