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Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
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Oct 08, 2011

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bookshelves: 2011, bookclub, ebook, fiction
Read in July, 2011

The language is beautiful. The setting is practically another character. The siblings are all interesting, but unlike so many children's books that involve unsupervised kids running wild, the absentee-parenting was heartbreaking.

Read for bookclub, and I held off on rating it until after the discussion -- I had the feeling that this was one where the discussion would sway my opinion. The question was: up or down? Ultimately, I ended up staying at three, though a high three -- the language alone probably deserves a higher rating, but I spent the second half of the book curled around my copy in unhappy anticipation of all the ways things could go wrong. (view spoiler)

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