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.
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Karen Russell, a native of Miami, has been featured in The New Yorker’s debut fiction issue and on The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 list, and was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. In 2009, she received the 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation. Three of her short stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories volumes. She is currently writer-in-residence at Bard College.
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Book Description Vintage, 2011. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Praise for Karen Russells Swamplandia! Karen Russell is young and talented, and has been given just about every age-appropriate honor there is-Best Young American Novelists, 20 Under 40, 5 Under 35. With her debut novel, though, shes leaving the kids table forever. The bewitching Swamplandia! is a tremendous achievement for anyone, period. . . . Effortless prose and [a] small, beautifully drawn cast of characters . . . as densely organic as the swamp in which it is set. -Keith Staskiewicz, Entertainment Weekly, A If no such thing as the Great Floridian Novel already existed, consider it done. Karen Russell, anointed by Granta and The New Yorker as one our most brilliant young writers, fulfills the promise of her fiercely original 2006 story collection [with] a novel of idiosyncratic and eloquent langua hyperreal, Technicolor settings; and larger-than-life characters who are nonetheless heartbreakingly vulnerable and keenly emotional. Its a tour de force. . . . Near-hallucinatory in its intensity-not only in its dark, sad, enthralling plot, but in its descriptions of the swamp: gorgeous, precise, lush poetry. The book becomes sharply suspenseful as Russells fearless eye and voice go deep into the swamps of adolescence, of what it is to lose a mother, and of Florida itself. -Kate Christensen, Elle Karen Russell is a fine purveyor of the unexpected, humorous and razor-sharp description . . . Exactly often enough, her vivid description gives way to a deftly inserted truth. . . . Swamplandia! flashes brilliantly-holographically-between a surreal tale brimming with sophisticated whimsy and an all-too-realistic portrait of a quaint but dysfunctional family under pressure in a world that threatens to make them obsolete. . . . Ava is a true contemporary heroine and not easily forgotten. -Pam Houston, More This impressively self-assured debut novel may bet the best book youll ever read about a girl trying to save her familys alligator-wrestling theme park. -Karen Holt, O, The Oprah Magazine Winningly told . . . rambunctious. -Megan OGrady, Vogue Russell does what she does best here-presenting a world we recognize and imbuing it with magical mysticism-and does it brilliantly. The surreal is never a prop, and theres a heart to the writing that goes beyond the sensational. The novels backbone is in the nuanced intricacies of its characters, in their hopes and fears whether tangible or touchingly na ve. . . . Russells sentences are well-crafted miniatures building to create a world so enchanted that we are both comforted and devastated to realize that its our own. Swamplandia! is a dizzying cocktail of heartbreak and humor, a first novel worthy of celebration. -Laurie Ann Cedilnik, Bust [A] cunning first novel. . . . Russell''s willingness to lend flesh and blood to her fanciful, fantastical creations gives this spry novel a potent punch and announces an enthralling new beginning for a quickly evolving young author. -Publishers Weekly (starred review) Brilliant, funny, original . . . also creepy and sinister . . . Karen Russells Swamplandia! is every bit as good as her short stories promised it would be. This book will not leave my mind. -Stephen King A wonderfully fertile novel by an unfairly talented writer. -Joseph ONeill, author of Blood-Dark Track: A Family History Karen Russells worlds, like her protagonists, are fierce and wondrous and hilarious and heartbreaking, and Swamplandia! features everything a reader could want, from bears with bad rhythm to Live Chicken Thursdays to as visceral and dazzling a portrait of south Floridas now almost destroyed wilderness as youre likely to read. But mostly its a gorgeous and wrenching portrait of sibling love in all its helpless and furious and panicked indefatigability, and of one girls determination to do what she can to hold whats left of her family together. -Jim Shepard, author of Like Youd Understand Anyway I would. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0307276686
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