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The Bigtree alligator wrestling dynasty is in decline and Swamplandia!, their island home in the Florida Everglades and gator-wrestling theme park, is swiftly being encroached upon by a sophisticated competitor known as The World of Darkness.
Karen Russell has been featured in the New Yorker's debut fiction issue, was chosen as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists in 2007 and was recently named one of the 20 under 40 by the New Yorker.Her short story collection, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, was universally acclaimed and was longlisted for the Guardian first book award in 2007.Swamplandia! is her first novel.She lives in New York.