Monday, March 28, 2011
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
A series of health-related tragedies results in the three Bigtree children mostly fending for themselves at the time the story takes place. The tale is recounted from the viewpoints of Ava Bigtree, the youngest at thirteen, and her brother Kiwi, who is seventeen. Ossie, sixteen, is going through a boy-crazy phase that troubles her siblings because her boyfriends are ghosts. Ava intends to be the next World Alligator Wrestling Champion. Kiwi dreams of attending a real school on the mainland, instead of teaching himself with ancient mouldy books from an abandoned library boat.
Dysfunctional family drama, creepy swamp scenes, a twisty plot, clever prose style and lots of humour - I loved it.