Swamplandia! By Karen Russell

Hi all, I met some interesting people over the weekend at a book event and this was voted the best read for Halloween... and as we are approaching Halloween I thought why not give it a go. Will do a vote with the few suggestions I got from you guys for the Nov/Dec books later this week.

In the Florida Everglades, gator-park Swamplandia! is in trouble. Its star performer, the great beauty and champion alligator-wrestler Hilola Bigtree, has succumbed to cancer, and Ava, her resourceful but terrified 13-year-old daughter, is left in charge with her two siblings. But Ava's sister has embarked on a romantic relationship with a ghost, her brother has defected to a rival theme park, and her father is AWOL. And then a mysterious figure called Bird Man guides Ava into a perilous part of the swamp called the Underworld, promising he can save both her sister and the park...

Swamplandia! was longlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize and shortlisted for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and 2013 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

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  • Lainie N.

    Hey everyone here's my mob if you get lost, I'm heading there now[masked] x

    October 24, 2013

  • Cecilia

    sorry to bail at the last minute but i have the flu :(

    October 24, 2013

    • Lainie N.

      Hope you feel better x

      October 24, 2013

  • Nick

    Hi - won't be able to make this one as am working in France this week.

    October 20, 2013

    • Lainie N.

      Hopefully see you next month Nick!

      October 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I double booked myself :-( I'll definitely be at the next one.

    October 23, 2013

    • Lainie N.

      Oh that's a shame! Never mind, see you next month x

      October 23, 2013

  • Alka

    I have only read the first 100 pages. Sorry guys, I wont have much to say tomorrow night.

    October 23, 2013

    • Lainie N.

      No worries, as long as you don't mind spoilers!

      October 23, 2013

  • Lainie N.

    hey guys, lets meet in the clapham north again, try and bag the same table at the front of the bar

    October 23, 2013

  • Yvonne

    How about meeting at the Clapham North again? I thought that it was quite a good venue for a book club meeting and we all seemed to like it there

    October 11, 2013

  • Lainie N.

    Hey everyone, I've had a couple of suggestions for books but before I start the voting would anyone else like to name a book they'd like us to read?

    October 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How about A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki...? It's on the shortlist for this year's Man Booker prize. I've not read it yet or had it recommended to me but if it's on the shortlist it should be interesting, right? :)

    1 · September 26, 2013

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