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Monday—The Reading Corner—Swamplandia!

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Slow As Molasses, but Interesting

SWAMPLANDIA! by Karen Russell
I'm about 15 percent of the way though this book, and I'm not sure whether I like it or not.  I've learned not to judge a book too early, though, so I'm going to keep slogging through this weird little first novel about a family-run amusement park in southern Florida.
The family calls itself the Bigtree family (a stage name), and the father is delusional, as far as I can tell.  The mom dies in the beginning, but I think she was delusional, as well.  They're all a little off, for that matter.  And, not in a fun, cute way.  More in a "Child Protective Services needs to come and help this family" kind of way.  
Before she dies of cancer, the mom is their star alligator wrestler.  She does not get chomped by a Seth—every alligator is called a "Seth." Business is booming until a Hell-themed mega-park moves into town and takes away all of their tourism.  The three teenaged kids were all home-…