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25. #womenwriters #readwomen Tania Terblanche recommends…

Lemon Grove‘The book I’m recommending is a short story collection by Karen Russell called Vampires in the Lemon Grove. My feelings about this book are quite simple – I found it beautiful, evocative, melancholy and more imaginative than most things I’ve encountered. What I think makes it masterful is how she managed to create complete universality through the emotions at the center of each piece, even though the situations seem absurd. The stories made me feel connected to what it’s like to be a person, in whatever body or setting that person may live.’


Tania Terblanche is a writer from Pretoria, South Africa, where she works in engineering to fuel her ideas for worlds and artefacts that don’t exist yet and to season her in creating systems of her own. She is currently completing her MA in Creative Writing at Rhodes University and loves stories because they are secret and beautiful and sometimes more true than anything.


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