Karen Russell’s forthcoming novel, Swamplandia!, builds upon the world laid out in “Ava Wrestles the Alligator” from her debut story collection, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. While it isn’t essential to have read this story before dipping into Swamplandia!, we’d still like to introduce you to the Bigtree family before their tale hits shelves on February 1st.
Of Swamplandia!, Stephen King raves, “Brilliant, funny, original . . . It’s every bit as good as her short stories promised it would be. This book will not leave my mind.”