Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Swamplandia! takes us to the swamps of the Florida Everglades and introduces us to Ava Bigtree. Set against a backdrop of hauntingly fecund plant life animated by ancient lizards and lawless hungers, it is an utterly singular novel about one family’s struggle to stay afloat and an unforgettable young heroine on a harrowing odyssey.