9780307263995

Swamplandia!

  • ISBN 13:

    9780307263995

  • ISBN 10:

    0307263991

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 02/01/2011
  • Publisher: Knopf

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Summary

A triumphant debut novel and follow-up to Karen Russellrs"s universally acclaimed short story collectionSt. Lucyrs"s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. The Bigtree alligator wrestling dynasty is in decline-think Buddenbrooksset in the Florida Everglades-and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator-wrestling theme park, is swiftly being encroached upon by a sophisticated competitor known as the World of Darkness. Ava, a resourceful but terrified twelve, must manage seventy gators and the vast, inscrutable landscape of her own grief. Her mother, Swamp landia!rs"s legendary headliner, has just died; her sister is having an affair with a ghost called the Dredgeman; her brother has secretly defected to the World of Darkness in a last-ditch effort to keep their sinking family afloat; and her father, Chief Bigtree, is AWOL. To save her family, Ava must journey on her own to a perilous part of the swamp called the Underworld, a harrowing odyssey from which she emerges a true heroine. Selected as one ofGrantars"sBest Young American Novelists, Karen Russell is an irrepressible new voice in contemporary fiction. From the Hardcover edition.

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