According to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Scott Rudin has partnered with HBO to adapt Karen Russell’s debut novel, Swamplandia!, into a half-hour series for the network. Karen Russell will consult on the project. Rudin has produced a number of page-to-screen hits, including Revolutionary Road, Julie & Julia, The Social Network, and the upcoming The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Swamplandia! is the story of Ava Bigtree, a thirteen-year-old girl who sets out on a mission through the magical swamps of Florida to save her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park. Click to read an excerpt from Swamplandia! and to download a reading group guide. Plus, download a special Swamplandia!-themed recipe penned by Karen herself!