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.
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Guest Reviewer: Carl Hiaasen
Karen Russell, a native of Miami, has been featured in The New Yorker’s debut fiction issue and on The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 list, and was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. In 2009, she received the 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation. Three of her short stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories volumes. She is currently writer-in-residence at Bard College.
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Description du livre Knopf, 2011. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire M0307263991
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Description du livre Knopf (New York), 2011. Hardcover. État : New. Etat de la jaquette : New. 1st Edition. First edition. First printing. Hardbound. New/New. A pristine unread copy, very fine in all respects. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. She has signed her name only, without any other writing. Comes with mylar dust jacket protector. All books shipped in sturdy boxes. Smoke-free environment. Purchased new and opened only for author to sign. This title quickly sold out of its first printing, after a rave review in the New York Times Book Review, Feb. 6, 2011. Her first novel, which came from a story in her debut collection, St. Lucys Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (2006). SWAMPLANDIA was chosen as one of the Top Five Fiction Books of the Year, 2011, by the New York Times Book Review. The book was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, 2012. No award was given in 2012 for fiction, although three books were named finalists: TRAIN DREAMS by Denis Johnson, SWAMPLANDIA! by Karen Russell and THE PALE KING by David Foster Wallace. In deciding the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, a committee of readers, which changes annually, recommends a small slate of titles to a panel of judges, who choose the winner. This year, the three finalists were "fully considered" but a majority vote could not be reached by the panel. You cannot find a better copy. Signed by Author(s). N° de réf. du libraire 022011-77
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