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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 1, 2011 - Fiction - 336 pages
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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User Review  - mmaestiho - www.librarything.com

This novel is about grief. It's about families, growing up outside of society, but most of all grief, especially the grief of children and a father who can't hold it together. As adults we forget ... Read full review

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User Review  - SoubhiKiewiet - www.librarything.com

Wow this was a depressing book. Which is not to say I didn't like it... I felt it mapped the ways a family can twist away from each other in such different convoluted directions, each individual having to dredge through their own personal swamp/ hell. The grieving process is a monster! Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Karen Russell, a native of Miami, won the 2012 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel, Swamplandia! (2011), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is a graduate of the Columbia MFA program, a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2012 Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. She lives in Philadelphia.

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