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Karen Russell
Swamplandia!
 
 
Author
Karen Russell.
Publisher Vintage  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780307276681
Pages/Publication Date 400/2011
Daedalus Item Code 38688
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(2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, 2011 Orange Prize Nominee, and one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2011) This wildly original first novel from the author of Vampires in the Lemon Grove (Daedalus item 38647) springs from a story in the collection St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. 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. Then an illness strikes Ava's mother Hilola, the park's indomitable headliner, and 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 World of Darkness. Following Ava as she sets out on a mission to save them all, Karen Russell leads us through a lush and magical landscape, into an underworld at the shimmering edge of reality.

"Vividly worded, exuberant in characterization, the novel is a wild ride.... This family, wrestling with their desires and demons ... will lodge in the memories of anyone lucky enough to read Swamplandia!"—NYTBR

"Dazzlingly original.... Like the state itself, Swamplandia! is a crossroads where the wild and the tame, the spectacular and the mundane meet; underneath the hubbub of the fantastic lies a family of misfits at sea in their grief—theirs is a story that is as ordinary as it is heartbreaking."—Boston Globe

"Think [of] Scout Finch if she'd been raised in an old-school tourist attraction instead of a tiny town. Or Dorothy if a tornado had dropped her in the Everglades instead of Oz. Or Alice if she had tumbled into a Wonderland populated by gators and ghosts and a man in a coat made of feathers.... [Here is] a story rich in fantastic images and gorgeous language, anchored ... by its wonderfully human characters and its big, warm heart."—St. Petersburg Times

 
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