Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Swamplandia!

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Knopf, February 1, 2011


A triumphant debut novel and follow-up to Karen Russell’s universally acclaimed short story collection St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves.

The Bigtree alligator wrestling dynasty is in decline—think Buddenbrooks set in the Florida Everglades—and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator-wrestling theme park, is swiftly being encroached upon by a sophisticated competitor known as the World of Darkness. Ava, a resourceful but terrified twelve, must manage seventy gators and the vast, inscrutable landscape of her own grief. Her mother, Swamp landia!’s legendary headliner, has just died; her sister is having an affair with a ghost called the Dredgeman; her brother has secretly defected to the World of Darkness in a last-ditch effort to keep their sinking family afloat; and her father, Chief Bigtree, is AWOL. To save her family, Ava must journey on her own to a perilous part of the swamp called the Underworld, a harrowing odyssey from which she emerges a true heroine.

What are you "waiting on" this Wednesday?


  1. That's what I love about this event...discovering books I never would have known about if not for participating!

    Hope you enjoy it :)

  2. I love the sound of this one and actually put it on my wish list last month. Great pick.

  3. This sounds interesting, thanks for sharing!

  4. I hope when you get your book, that you will enjoy it as much as you hope to. Wanna see what I am Waiting On Wednesday for?

  5. Hooray for Karen Russell! I hadn't heard about the novel, but I am dying to read it already. Thanks!

  6. I had no idea she had a new book coming out!!! I haven't read St. Lucy's yet, but I own it and am DYING to actually read it.