9780099555834

Swamplandia

Russell Karen


Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9780099555834
Published: May 2012

Price: $19.95

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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.

"From the Hardcover edition.""

Details
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN13: 9780099555834
  • Published: May 2012
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Width: 12.9 mm
  • Height: 2.1 mm
  • Depth: 19.8 mm
  • Publisher:not specified

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