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Swamplandia!

Karen Russell

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. From the Hardcover edition.

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. From the Hardcover edition.
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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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arielle Sitrick, David Ackroyd

Length:

13h 10m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:15


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:36


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:24


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:08


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:57


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:41


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:00


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:27


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:24


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:51


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:38


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:11


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:56


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:09


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:48


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:57


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:07


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:16


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:04


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:45


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:20


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:55


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:31


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:44


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:56


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:50


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:01


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:11


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:29


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:48


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:05


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:32


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:06


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:11


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:30


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:49


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:29


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:29


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:47


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:18


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:27


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:16


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:36


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:54


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:21


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:12


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:20


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:04


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:03


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:22


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:46


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:06


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:31


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:51


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:20


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:08


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:47


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:21


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:01


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:33


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:05


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:25


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:20


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:34


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:03


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:25


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:45


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:58


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:21


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:06


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:54


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:05


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:55


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:23


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:45


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:09


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:11


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:57


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:11


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:31


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:05


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:04


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:06


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:10


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:37


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:26


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:32


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:20


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:35


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:52


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:23


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

08:46


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:35


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:28


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:01


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

08:44


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:34


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:33


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:32


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:46


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

00:27