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Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
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Apr 09, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012
Read from April 05 to 08, 2012

Set in the Florida Everglades, Swamplandia! tells the story of Ava, a 13 year old girl who lives and works at a failing tourist attraction. As the family alligator show business crumbles, so does Ava's family.

Karen Russell is a master wordsmith. Her descriptions of the Florida swamps, the leviathan alligators, the sweaty tourists and her eccentric family pull the reader in the heart of the story. What I liked best about this novel is that I had NO IDEA what would happen. I couldn't tell if this was a murder mystery, a child abduction story or a voyage into the supernatural. The reader is kept guessing until the end.

Clever and heartbreaking, I look forward to reading more from this author.

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