Gothic Reading Group: Swamplandia (Stirling event) Reminder

Posted by Glennis Byron on April 01, 2011 in News tagged with , ,

The first Gothic reading group this semester will be held on Wednesday 6 April at 4.00 in Pathfoot B2.

Book for discussion: Karen Russell, Swamplandia!

(Stirling postgrads: I’ll be putting a copy in the TPG and the RPG rooms)

All welcome to join in an informal discussion over a glass of wine.

The description from Amazon UK follows:

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. Ava, a resourceful but terrified twelve year old, must manage seventy gators and the vast, inscrutable landscape of her own grief. Her mother, Swamplandia!’s legendary and beautiful star attraction, has just died; her sister is having an affair with a ghost called the Dredgeman; her Grandpa Sawtooth has been sent to the mainland to an old folk’s home; her brother has secretly defected to The World of Darkness in a last-ditch effort to keep the family afloat; and her father, the Chief, is AWOL. To save them, Ava must journey on her own to a perilous part of the swamp called the Underworld, a harrowing odyssey from which she emerges a true heroine.

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