A triumphant debut novel and follow-up to Karen Russellrsquo;s universally acclaimed short story collection St. Lucyrsquo;s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves.The Bigtree alligator wrestling dynasty is in declinemdash;think Buddenbrooks set in the Florida Evergladesmdash;and Swamplandia, their island home and gator-wrestling theme park, is swiftly being encroached upon by a sophisticated competitor known as the World of Darkness. Ava, a resourceful but terrified twelve, must manage seventy gators and the vast, inscrutable landscape of her own grief. Her mother, Swamp landiarsquo;s legendary headliner, has just died; her sister is having an affair with a ghost called the Dredgeman; her brother has secretly defected to the World of Darkness in a last-ditch effort to keep their sinking family afloat; and her father, Chief Bigtree, is AWOL. To save her family, Ava must journey on her own to a perilous part of the swamp called the Underworld, a harrowing odyssey from which she emerges a true heroine.Selected as one of Grantarsquo;s Best Young American Novelists, Karen Russell is an irrepressible new voice in contemporary fiction.
The ecologically fertile chaos of Florida's Everglades meets the orchestrated activity of contrived theme parks in Karen Russell's SWAMPLANDIA The eponymous alligator-wrestling farm is run by a little girl just trying to keep the business above the mucky lines of insolvency and the saturated ground on which the plantation is founded. How Ava Bigtree stumbles into this responsibility despite two older siblings makes up the book's outlandish unfolding, along with the challenge of Swamplandia's rival in the local tourist economy, an organization known as World of Darkness. Selected by the editors of the New York Times Book Reviews as one of the Ten Best Books of 2011.
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- Alfred a Knopf Inc
- February 1, 2011
- February 1, 2011
- Karen Russell