The Bigtrees are the Barnums of the Alligator Wrestling world (yes, there is one). Well, not really, but for all intents and purposes, in Karen Russell's debut novel, SWAMPLANDIA!, this is very much a real place.
Out in the midst of a swampy island, Swamplandia! is the Bigtree family's claim to fame --- and 13-year-old Ava is having a heck of a time keeping it all in the family. After the death of her mom, a gator-wrestling Amazon named Hilola Bigtree, Ava must contend with the growing insanities of her clan --- her grieving dad, the Chief; her sister Ossie, who is seducing ghosts as her boy-toys; and Kiwi, her brother who literally goes to the Dark Side, working for a rival gro