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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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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.

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