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Swamplandia by Karen Russell.. To look at her picture, you would not think this young novelist could wrestle alligators, but she lassos a good yarn. Nothing beats the allure of a failing tourist trap for a setting, but Russell raises the stakes with charming misfits for a full house.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Russell’s first novel is a wild ride of a performance.."

National Post

"The novel packs a genuine punch.."

The Telegraph

Author bio: Karen Russell, a native of Miami, has been featured in The New Yorker’s debut fiction issue. She is a graduate of the Columbia MFA program and is the 2005 recipient of the Transatlantic Review/Henfield Foundation Award and was chosen as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 in 2009. Her fiction has recently appeared in Conjunctions, Granta, Zoetrope, and Oxford American. Twenty-eight years old, she lives in New York City. More information can be found here: http://contemporarylit.about.com/od/authorprofiles/p/Karen-Russell.htm

Book Details: General Fiction; (316 pp. : Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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