Karen Russell's Swamplandia!: The Audio Book Club discusses the novel.

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March 28 2011 10:45 AM

The Audio Book Club on Swamplandia!

Our critics discuss Karen Russell's lively novel Swamplandia!

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"Swamplandia."

In this month's Audio Book Club, Slate's Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and Hanna Rosin discuss Karen Russell's Swamplandia!, a new novel about two sisters and a brother raised on an island off the coast of Florida, where their family runs an alligator-wrestling theme park, whose lives spiral out of control after the death of their mother. Dickerson analyzes the book's puncturing of a family's mythology. Bazelon wonders whether Russell carries off her use of ghosts to move the plot. Rosin defends the book as a moving coming-of-age story that draws power from its unlikely setting.

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Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones

John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.