Booknotes from Our Staff

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (Knopf)

Although they don tribal gear, the Bigtrees have no Native American ancestry, but they do have Swamplandia!, both their home and home to the popular gator-themed park of the same name. But the empire starts to unravel when their matriarch dies. Chief Bigtree maintains a false optimism, Kiwi, the eldest son begins working for the competition, The World of Darkness, a hell-themed park, and Osceola heads to the underworld with a ghost groom while Ava, the youngest, follows in the hopes of saving her. As glittering prose peels away the layers of their mythology, it reveals the not quite catastrophic tragedy of reality. –Pamela


BOOKNOTES, the book review of THE ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY, is written entirely by bookstore staff. It represents a sampling of recently published and forthcoming books that we have enjoyed reading. We appreciate every opportunity to assist in finding books to meet your interests.


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