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Karen Russell

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Karen Russell born in Miami, Florida is an American novelist. Her debut novel, Swamplandia!, was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. No prize for fiction was awarded that year.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2011) : Swamplandia!
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2012) : Swamplandia!
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (2013) : Swamplandia!

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