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Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

Helen C. Bergerson, January 2, 2013

This book had wonderful characters, of which, the diversely painted Florida swamplands was a major one, along with ghosts and tales of the past. The story narrated by the youngest daughter is unexpected, magical at times, and never stops in inspiring wonder and emotion in the reader. It also reflects the changes in a unique family as well as the swamp. Everything becomes a prop for the coming of age stories of the children...and the changes brought about by trying to tame the everglades. The gators are not as terrifying as some of the characters and the return to civilization forced (and welcomed) by the narator and her siblings.. A unique style and beautiful writing. I want to know what happens to these young people as they grow up and pray they never lose their individuality.
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