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SWAMPLANDIA! - Scarce Fine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed, Placed, And Dated (Right After MacArthur Genius Grant) by Karen Russell

Russell, Karen

Published by New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
ISBN 10: 0307263991 / ISBN 13: 9780307263995
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Title: SWAMPLANDIA! - Scarce Fine Copy of The First...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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1st Printing. Signed. 325 pages. Published in 2011. The author's breakthrough debut novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The DJ design is dazzling, one of the very best DJ designs ever in the history of American publishing. Featuring original art by Luther Daniels Bradley (from 1899), it depicts in period detail a Florida swamp, a terrified, outlandish-looking man in a black coat, a calm little girl perched on his shoulders, and the wide-open jaws of the terrifying alligator. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Karen Russell's "Swamplandia!". The title, complete with exclamation point, refers to the eponymous tourist attraction that the three child-narrators inherit from their mother and try as best as they could to salvage. "Ravishing, elegiac, funny, and brilliantly inquisitive, Russell's archetypical swamp saga tells a mystical yet rooted tale of three innocents who come of age through trials of water, fire, and air" (Booklist). "A masterpiece" (Jim Shepard). Hailed as such by many other writers as diverse as Stephen King, Emma Donoghue, and Carl Hiassen. An absolute "must-have" title for Karen Russell collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (right after she won the MacArthur Genius Grant) in black pen-marker on the title page by the author: "Karen Russell 2.19.13 NYC". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Announcement of the event during which her signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed, placed, and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online command as much as $125. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce signed copy thus. Selected as one of the "20 Writers Under 40" of the decade by The New Yorker Magazine. Winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant in 2013 on the basis of just two published books. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER KAREN RUSSELL TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0307263991. Bookseller Inventory # 20280

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Synopsis: From the celebrated twenty-nine-year-old author of the everywhere-heralded short-story collection St. Lucy?s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (?How I wish these were my own words, instead of the breakneck demon writer Karen Russell?s . . . Run for your life. This girl is on fire?? Los Angeles Times Book Review) comes a blazingly original debut novel that takes us back to the swamps of the Florida Everglades, and introduces us to Ava Bigtree, an unforgettable young heroine.

The Bigtree alligator-wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator-wrestling theme park, formerly #1 in the region, is swiftly being encroached upon by a fearsome and sophisticated competitor called the World of Darkness. Ava?s mother, the park?s indomitable headliner, has just died; her sister, Ossie, has fallen in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, who may or may not be an actual ghost; and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, who dreams of becoming a scholar, has just defected to the World of Darkness in a last-ditch effort to keep their family business from going under. Ava?s father, affectionately known as Chief Bigtree, is AWOL; and that leaves Ava, a resourceful but terrified thirteen, to manage ninety-eight gators and the vast, inscrutable landscape of her own grief.

Against a backdrop of hauntingly fecund plant life animated by ancient lizards and lawless hungers, Karen Russell has written an utterly singular novel about a family?s struggle to stay afloat in a world that is inexorably sinking. An arrestingly beautiful and inventive work from a vibrant new voice in fiction.

Review: Guest Reviewer: Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of twelve novels, including the bestselling Star Island, Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, and Lucky You, and three bestselling children?s books: Hoot, Flush, and Scat. He also writes a weekly column for The Miami Herald.

This was the first time I?ve read Karen Russell?s work, and I was dazzled. It?s very rare, among the tonnage of manuscripts and galleys that land upon one?s desk, to come across a young novelist so inventive and versatile, yet so thoroughly in control. Also, I?m a sucker for any plot line that features man-eating reptiles.

Swamplandia! is the story of Ava Bigtree, a 12-year-old alligator wrestler who embarks on an improbable journey through the mangrove wilderness of southwest Florida in search of a lost sister. Young Osceola has run off with a ghost-figure named Louis Thanksgiving, and only Ava knows where to look for them, dreading what she might find. Passages of this fine novel call to mind Conrad, Garcia Marquez and even ? for those who have kids ? Judy Blume. There?s not a forgettable character in the cast, from Ava?s flamboyant father, Chief Bigtree, who runs the family?s failing tourist trap, to the bedraggled and cryptic Bird Man, who guides Ava on her harrowing trip.

Having spent many days in the Ten Thousand Islands, I was enchanted by Russell?s dream-like descriptions of the tangled and serpentine creeks, the funky and exotic flora, the long stare of circling buzzards. Her prose is both shimmering and stark: ?A huge hole in the middle of the ceiling opened onto a clear night sky; it looked as if some great predator had peeled the thatched roof back, sniffed once and lost interest.?

Or the way she describes a ?cauldron? of moths with ?sapphire-tipped wings, a sky-flood of them?They had fixed wings like sharp little bones, these moths, and it was astonishingly sad when you accidentally killed one.?

I can?t recall the last time I came across a character who shines as brightly as Ava, or a first novel that made such a rich and lasting impression.

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