The Audio Book Club on Swamplandia!
Our critics discuss Karen Russell's lively novel Swamplandia!
Posted Monday, March 28, 2011, at 10:45 AM
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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 author of The End of Men, a co-founder of Slate's DoubleX and a senior editor at the Atlantic. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook or visit her website.
Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and writes about law, family, and kids. She is also the Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. Her new book is Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Empathy and Character. Find her at email@example.com or on Facebook or Twitter.
John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read his series on the presidency and his series on risk. Follow him on Twitter.