Swamplandia! (Vintage Contemporaries)

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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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"Brilliant, funny, original . . . also creepy and sinister . . . Karen Russell's 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 O'Neill, author of Netherland)

"A gorgeous and wrenching portrait of sibling love in all its helpless and furious and panicked indefatigability, and of one girl's determination to do what she can to hold what's left of her family together." ( Jim Shepard, author of Like You'd Understand Anyway)

"I can't recall the last time I came across a character who shines as brightly as Ava, or a first novel that made such a rich and lasting impression." ( Carl Hiaasen)

"The novel is an experiment in how children's minds comprehend loss, and Ava is a compelling guide.Russell's strength is her use of language: each sentence is vividly rendered and the pages are as dense with images as the island is with life." (Fiona Wilson The Times)

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A triumphant debut novel and follow-up to Karen Russell's universally acclaimed short story collection St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves.

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