Swamplandia!

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 1, 2011 - Fiction - 336 pages
23 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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“The best book I've read in ten years,” exclaimed my older brother, Phil. Given that he is a bit weird, as are his tastes, I took his words with a shaker of salt. Phil was one of the very first ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
23
Section 3
42
Section 4
53
Section 5
67
Section 6
78
Section 7
95
Section 8
120
Section 14
225
Section 15
236
Section 16
260
Section 17
291
Section 18
311
Section 19
327
Section 20
343
Section 21
356

Section 9
125
Section 10
171
Section 11
183
Section 12
203
Section 13
213
Section 22
369
Section 23
380
Section 24
398
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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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