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16) Swamplandia -- Karen Russel (Becca's Pick)

Here's what's on deck:

"Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. But when illness fells Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, the family is plunged into chaos; her father withdraws, her sister falls in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, defects to a rival park called The World of Darkness. As Ava sets out on a mission through the magical swamps to save them all, we are drawn into a lush and bravely imagined debut that takes us to the shimmering edge of reality."

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  • becca w.

    good discussion last night! if anyone needs the book for next month, give me your email and i'll send you the kindle version.

    August 1, 2013

  • chloë

    Hell week at work. Sorry to miss out. Finished the book and thought it was a masterful piece of writing.

    1 · July 30, 2013

    • becca w.

      glad you liked it!!!!

      August 1, 2013

  • Raymond

    Thanks so much to everyone who showed up. It was fun! See you next month.

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • Bella M.

    Unfortunately, I've gotten tangled up in some errands and won't be able to attend

    July 31, 2013

  • Helen

    Next time!

    July 30, 2013

  • Raymond

    Did anyone finish the book?

    July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just got free Cubs tickets and I couldn't make it through the book so I'll be skipping this month... but I'd be happy to host for The Sun Also Rises.

    July 29, 2013

  • Raymond

    So, the book does get interesting. I encourage you all to be patient and give it a chance. For me, I think that the book finally got my attention at about 30% through. Becca was right!

    1 · July 23, 2013

  • Chad D.

    I cant get past page 5. I am stuck in Swamplandia. Any encouragement out there?

    1 · July 17, 2013

    • becca w.

      gosh i thought it would be better than how you all thought of it! sorry to hear

      July 17, 2013

    • becca w.

      the plot gets better...

      1 · July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I gave up...I'm a swamplandia quitter. But im curious to hear what the people who got thru it think! :)

    July 17, 2013

  • Rose H

    i'm a tentative yes-- i won't know until shortly before if i can make it, but i'll be sure to change my rsvp if i can't!

    July 16, 2013

  • Marie W.

    Hey everybody, I re-opened the meetup if you'd like to RSVP

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Amy

    I am planning to attend.

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • becca w.

    could someone publish a list of the next few books coming up? Also, I have the ernest hemingway book for kindle users. please send me your email.

    July 10, 2013

    • Raymond

      Which hemingway book do you have?

      July 10, 2013

  • Raymond

    Finally finished the previous book! Now on to this one.

    July 9, 2013

    • becca w.

      yeah you better get on that!!!

      1 · July 9, 2013

    • Raymond

      I just did. Relax, young lady!

      July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be in Cali. See you at the next one!

    July 3, 2013

  • Katelyn

    Just wondering why the RSVPs are closed.

    July 4, 2013

    • Raymond

      Because a lot of people rsvp and don't show up. Marie can hook you up if you are really going to show up.

      3 · July 4, 2013

  • Troy F.

    Loved the Seths

    1 · June 3, 2013

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