The New York Times Names Swamplandia! One of the 10 Best Books of 2011

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell has been chosen as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times. Of the book, the Times declares: “An alligator theme park, a ghost lover, a Styx-like journey through an Everglades mangrove jungle: Russell’s first novel, about a girl’s bold effort to preserve her grieving family’s way of life, is suffused with humor and gothic whimsy. But the real wonders here are the author’s exuberantly inventive language and her vivid portrait of a heroine who is wise beyond her years.”

The New York Times recently honored Swamplandia! by including it on their list of 100 Notable Books of the year. The Notable Books list featured 19 books from the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

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