Swamplandia!

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 1, 2011 - Fiction - 336 pages
42 Reviews
A New York Times Top 10 Book of 2011

Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. But when illness fells Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, the family is plunged into chaos; her father withdraws, her sister falls in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, defects to a rival park called The World of Darkness. As Ava sets out on a mission through the magical swamps to save them all, we are drawn into a lush and bravely imagined debut that takes us to the shimmering edge of reality.

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A family drama about a clan of gator-wrestlers in the Florida Everglades doesn't necessarily sound like it would be a fascinating read, but in the hands of Karen Russell, it is. "Swamplandia!" is a ... Read full review

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A family drama about a clan of gator-wrestlers in the Florida Everglades doesn't necessarily sound like it would be a fascinating read, but in the hands of Karen Russell, it is. "Swamplandia!" is a ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Karen Russell, a native of Miami, has been featured in The New Yorker’s debut fiction issue and on The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 list, and was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. In 2009, she received the 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation. Three of her short stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories volumes. She is currently writer-in-residence at Bard College.


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