Response – St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

Reading: St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell

Impressions: For a short story, this was richly detailed giving me the feeling that I was reading more than a short story. The author was successful in getting me to see the point-of-view of the wolf-girl. I hadn’t thought about what the offspring of werewolves would be until I read this story. It was unlike any story that I had read before. I have to admit that I was hooked by the concept.

After finishing the story, I wondered if such a text as the ‘Jesuit Handbook on Lycanthropic Culture Shock’ existed. That made me think that you could probably substitute the word “Lycanthropic” for the descriptive name for other “uncivilized” cultures that have been “saved” throughout time. Somehow that made this story more believable for me.

I appreciated the use of smells in the imagery. It’s our understanding that dogs have a keener sense of smell. I imagined more smells than pictures in reading this story.