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Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
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Apr 29, 2012

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Strip away the fancy writing and the literary tributes to Mark Twain and Homer and you have a story of a family plunged into grief by the death of a mother, then faced with financial ruin. The father, unable to cope, abandons his three teenage children and sinks into alcohol dependence and depression. The children try to survive.

Swamplandia! takes us through a family’s crisis and then ends the tale once the family is back together.

While the writing is fun and there are some great scenes in the tale, especially the part about Louis Thanksgiving, I found it disappointing.

But I found it useful to help me explain something else:

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