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Swamplandia is an alligator theme park in the Florida Everglades in very bad decline. The Bigtree family’s livelihood is quickly being dismantled by the loss of family members, the appearance of a swamp ghost, and the World of Darkness, their ominously named competitor theme park. Author Karen Russell creates a world that straddles today and a distant past. Part dysfunctional family novel, part magical realism, this evocative novel takes you fully into the world of Swamplandia! Besides, who can resist a novel with an exclamation point in its title? Discover why this novel was named a New York Times Best Book of the Year and nominated for both an Orange Prize and a Pulitzer. Read an excerpt here, maybe you will decide to vacation in Swamplandia.