Swamplandia!

Swamplandia!

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2011
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9780307748904
0307748901
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: Sitrick, Arielle
Ackroyd, David

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hershyd Feb 28, 2017

Just couldn't get into this as an audiobook.

librarylizzard Jul 31, 2015

This was.. okay. Given that it was nominated for the 2012 Pulitzer prize I was disappointed. I really enjoyed the portions that revolved around the protagonist's brother and his employment at the offbeat "World of Darkness" amusement park. The rest I could take or leave. It was, though, a fair portrayal of the struggles of making a living on the fringes of society in the offshore swamps.

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KSerá
Jul 08, 2012

The young reader could have used coaching on pronunciation, and the older one was pretty bad with accents. Not my favorite kind of story, but a good portrayal of a young woman dealing with traumatic experiences. I appreciated the deus ex machina ending.

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