Swamplandia: I wrestled with finishing this book for months. Beautiful writing, of course. Certain parts, like the little story-in-a-story about dredgeman Louis Thanksgiving, are stunning and deserve 5 stars. Ditto re: a lot of the descriptions of the wetlands. There were times when I didn’t care for the Kiwi thread or when the scenes between Ossie and Ava went slow. And the end came too fast especially after the catastrophe that occurs to her in the last 1/5 of the book. Mixed feelings but hey, it’s only her second book. Still curious to see what kind of writer Karen Russell will become.
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