The Bigtree alligator wrestling dynasty is in decline and Swamplandia!, their island home in the Florida Everglades 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 year old, must manage seventy gators and the vast, inscrutable landscape of her own grief. Her mother, Swamplandia!'s legendary and beautiful star attraction, has just died; her sister is having an affair with a ghost called the Dredgeman; her Grandpa Sawtooth has been sent to the mainland to an old folk's home; her brother has secretly defected to The World of Darkness in a last-ditch effort to keep the family afloat; and her father, the Chief, is AWOL. To save them, 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.
Swamplandia! is a dark and mythic story, bursting with energy and an unstoppable inventiveness, by a writer with an astonishingly original and exuberant imagination.
Karen Russell has been featured in the New Yorker's debut fiction issue, was chosen as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists in 2007 and was recently named one of the 20 under 40 by the New Yorker.Her short story collection, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, was universally acclaimed and was longlisted for the Guardian first book award in 2007.Swamplandia! is her first novel.She lives in New York.
|Publisher||Chatto & Windus|
|Details||Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Chatto & Windus (3 Mar 2011) Language English ISBN-10: 070118602X ISBN-13: 978-0701186029 Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.2 x 2.5 cm|
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