Author(s): Karen Russell
The Bigtree alligator wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Ava, a resourceful but terrified twelve year-old, must battle to save it. After the death of her beautiful and legendary mother, Swamplandia!, Ava's island home in the Florida Everglades, is under threat from a nearby competitor; her sister Osceola has eloped with a ghost, her Grandpa Sawtooth has been sent to the mainland to an old folk's home, her brother has secretly defected to The World of Darkness, and her father, the Chief, is AWOL ...can a harrowing Odyssey to a perilpus part of the swamp keep that family finally afloat?
The eagerly anticipated, triumphant debut novel from the prize-winning author of St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
Karen Russell, a native of Miami, has been featured in the New Yorker's debut fiction issue, was chosen as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists in 2007, and was recently named one of New Yorker magazine's 20 Under 40.