Swamplandia!

By Karen Russell
(Large Print Press, Paperback, Large Print, 9781594135743, 606pp.)

Publication Date: April 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2012 Reading Group
“Located in the Florida Everglades, the Swamplandia island theme park is also home to the Bigtrees, a family of alligator wrestlers. When the mom and star of the show dies, the Bigtree way of life unravels. Dad heads to the mainland to find investors, while his three teenagers are left to deal with their losses. Kiwi attempts to infiltrate a rival amusement park, Ossie falls in love with a ghost, and the story's 13-year-old narrator, Ava, wrestles with a force more fearsome than gators: the loss of innocence. Karen Russell's sentences are so beautiful and original, they will leave you breathless!”
-- Michael Keefe, Annie Bloom's Books, Portland, OR
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the February 2011 Indie Next List


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A "New York Times" Best Book of the Year
One of "Granta's" Best Young American Novelists
Selected for the "New Yorker's" 20 Under 40
Nominated for the Orange Prize
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.



NPR
Monday, May 30, 2011

Some of the best summers are those filled with journeys, reunions and good food â?? three themes that factor prominently in the books recommended by our independent booksellers. More at NPR.org

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Wednesday, Feb 9, 2011

Author Karen Russell talks to All Things Considered co-host Melissa Block about her eclectic literary tastes, life in the Everglades and other influences for her debut novel, Swamplandia! â?? about a gator-wrestling, theme-park-owning family More at NPR.org

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