Review: Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

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Swamplandia! is an enviable first novel. The New York Times Book Review proclaims: “Vividly worded, exuberant in characterization, the novel is a wild ride. . . . This family, wrestling with their desires and demons . . . will lodge in the memories of anyone lucky enough to read Swamplandia!” True. The writing is vivid, the characterizations are exuberant, and it is memorable, but the last quarter is so terrible that I can’t recommend this book. read more