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Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel (nominee)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
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.

Selected as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists, Karen Russell is an irrepressible new voice in contemporary fiction.

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Praise for this book

"Brilliant, funny, original... also creepy and sinister... Karen Russell's Swamplandia! is every bit as good as her short stories promised it would be. This book will not leave my mind." - Stephen King

"A wonderfully fertile novel by an unfairly talented writer." - Joseph O'Neill


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Hardback Editions

February 2012 : UK Hardback

Title: Swamplandia!
Author(s): Karen Russell
ISBN: 1-4448-0980-6 / 978-1-4448-0980-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood
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July 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: Swamplandia! (Thorndike Press Large Print Reviews Choice)
Author(s): Karen Russell
ISBN: 1-4104-3841-4 / 978-1-4104-3841-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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July 2011 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Swamplandia! (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Karen Russell
ISBN: 0-606-23332-6 / 978-0-606-23332-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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February 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: Swamplandia!
Author(s): Karen Russell
ISBN: 0-307-26399-1 / 978-0-307-26399-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

April 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Swamplandia
Author(s): Karen Russell
ISBN: 1-59413-574-6 / 978-1-59413-574-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Large Print Press
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March 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Swamplandia!
Author(s): Karen Russell
ISBN: 0-09-955583-2 / 978-0-09-955583-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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July 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Swamplandia! (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Karen Russell
ISBN: 0-307-27668-6 / 978-0-307-27668-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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March 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Swamplandia!
Author(s): Karen Russell
ISBN: 0-7011-8602-X / 978-0-7011-8602-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Audio Editions

September 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Swamplandia
Author(s): Karen Russell
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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September 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Swamplandia
Author(s): Karen Russell
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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February 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Swamplandia!
Author(s): Karen Russell
Publisher: Random House Audio
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February 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Swamplandia!
Author(s): Karen Russell
Publisher: Random House Audio
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2000 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Swamplandia!
Author(s): Arielle Sitrick and David Ackroyd (Narrator) Karen Russell (Author)
ISBN: 0-307-74889-8 / 978-0-307-74889-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape
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Kindle Editions

March 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Swamplandia!
Author(s): Karen Russell
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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February 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Swamplandia! (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Karen Russell
Publisher: Vintage
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