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Swamplandia! by Karen Russell - PDF free download eBook. So I assumed that Karen Russell's Swamplandia would be as unconventional as my brother. Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her in an amazing feat of compression, shrunken down into a page book (or, in the . Read online or Download Swamplandia! (Full PDF ebook with essay, research paper) by Karen Russe.

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She is viewed at a distance through the other characters. These kids have had a most unusual upbringing in a family of alligator wrestlers on a tiny private island.

They are loosely home schooled. When Mom dies of cancer their world breaks apart, piece by piece. Ossie communes with ghosts and receives messages from the spirit world through her Ouija Board. She falls in love a ghost and they become engaged. I suspect the latter. With their theme park failing, the father leaves to work on the mainland. Kiwi eventually leaves too, and finds a job at a competing theme park called the World of Darkness.

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Ossie elopes with her ghost. This leaves Ava completely alone in the deserted alligator park. He discovers Ava is alone when she tells him how her sister has run off with a ghost. Not everyone in my book club loved this book as much as I did. But I will say, dare to give this book a chance. If you love it, you have found a brilliant tale that will overwhelm your imagination and stay with you for all time.

Ugh I think the marketing of this book has done it a disservice I am so sorry I stuck with it until the end I will always opt out of a book about sad children who get kidnapped and raped. I wish I had known and not waited for it to turn around. Just know what you're getting in to. I wanted to like this more than I did, based on friends' recommendations and the overall premise.

I typically enjoy a gritty story with a dose of the whimsical and magical. Alas, I found the Swamplandia! I did think about putting it down several times but, just as I would find myself losing interest, I would be pulled back in by something compelling in one or another of the story lines. I ultimately found the payoff somehow unsatisfying and disappointing. I also join other reviewers who say that the dose of "reality" that comes toward the end of the book felt harsh and miscalculated.

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Amazon Payment Products. I would not want any reader to mistake the Bigtrees for my flesh-and-blood family. Ditto my brother, who is not a ginger-haired dork—my brother is a genius, actually, but he would never claim to be one in the doofily aggrandizing way that Kiwi does.

Only a few threads are directly lifted from life. Like Ava, I find alligators transfixing for pets, my family had two inbred and obese miniature schnauzers, no Seths. And, at the risk of making everybody Hallmark-nauseous, I do think that the secret engine of this book is the strong love that exists in my own odd family.

How do you feel about all this attention and awe surrounding your talent at such a young age?

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I feel extremely grateful and weirdly embarrassed, too. Very aware of my own mortality, thanks to all the emphasis on age. That said, I cannot overstate how much that encouragement has meant to me, especially at this stage—it makes me want to write better, and has helped me to push on through big walls of self-doubt.

I hope very much that I go on to write many more novels and stories, and that I can honor those lists. Read An Excerpt. By Karen Russell On Tour. Paperback —. Buy the Audiobook Download: Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks.

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