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Swamplandia!

Author: Karen Russell
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Twelve year old Ava must travel into the Underworld part of the swamp in order to save her family's dynasty of Bigtree alligator wrestling. This novel takes us 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 no. 1 in the region,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Russell
ISBN: 9780307263995 0307263991
OCLC Number: 613432205
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist, 2012.
Description: 315 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The beginning of the end --
The advent of the World of Darkness --
Osceola K. Bigtree in love --
Ava the champion --
Prodigal Kiwi --
Kiwi's exile in the World of Darkness --
The dredge appears --
Kiwi's debt increases --
The Dredgeman's revelation --
Kiwi climbs the ladder --
Ava goes to the underworld --
Kiwi goes to night school --
Welcome to Stiltsville --
The drowning chain --
Help arrives, then departs --
Kiwi Bigtree, world hero --
Ava's eclipse --
Kiwi rolls the dice --
The silently screaming world --
Out to sea --
Mama weeds --
Kiwi takes to the skies --
The end begins.
Responsibility: Karen Russell.

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Twelve year old Ava must travel into the Underworld part of the swamp in order to save her family's dynasty of Bigtree alligator wrestling. This novel takes us 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 no. 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 as well as her own grief. Against a backdrop of hauntingly fecund plant life animated by ancient lizards and lawless hungers, the author has written a novel about a family's struggle to stay afloat in a world that is inexorably sinking.

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Fine Florida Lit

by braxton48 (WorldCat user published 2014-04-08) Very Good Permalink

Entertaining and disturbing; captures Florida well, particularly the loss of old Florida kitsch to the modern tourism industry.  Great characters, great plotlines, beautifully written.

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