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Author Russell, Karen, 1981-

Title Swamplandia! / Karen Russell.

Imprint New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.

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Edition 1st ed.
Description 1 online resource (315 pages)
Series Listen Alaska.
Summary Twelve year old Ava must travel into the Underworld part of the smamp in order to save her family's dynasty of Bigtree alligator wresting. 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.
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.
Awards Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist, 2012.
Subject Girls -- Fiction.
Mothers -- Death -- Fiction.
Motherless families -- Fiction.
Amusement parks -- Fiction.
Alligators -- Fiction.
Everglades (Fla.) -- Fiction.
Ten Thousand Islands (Fla.) -- Fiction.
Alligators. (OCoLC)fst00805630
Amusement parks. (OCoLC)fst00808076
Girls. (OCoLC)fst00942866
Motherless families. (OCoLC)fst01026939
Mothers -- Death. (OCoLC)fst01026948
Florida -- Everglades. (OCoLC)fst01245165
Florida -- Ten Thousand Islands. (OCoLC)fst01261525
Freizeitpark (DE-588)4199476-0
Alligatoren (DE-588)4293961-6
Familie (DE-588)4016397-0
M├Ądchen (DE-588)4036871-3
Florida (DE-588)4017585-6
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Fantasy fiction. (OCoLC)fst01726607
Fiction. (OCoLC)fst01423787
Fantasy fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Other Form: Print version: Russell, Karen, 1981- Swamplandia! 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011 9780307263995 (DLC) 2010036708 (OCoLC)613432205
ISBN 9780307595447 (electronic bk.)
0307595447 (electronic bk.)
9781446468487 (electronic bk.)
1446468488 (electronic bk.)
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