Title: SWAMPLANDIA! - Scarce Fine Copy of The First...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
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
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.
Guest Reviewer: Carl Hiaasen
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