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The character development is good and the plot keeps you interested.
The book really just doesn't go anywhere, I ended it with so many questions and unaddressed hopes for the family that it just annoyed me.
Speaking of contrived, there are far too many coincidences near the end of the book, especially in Kiwi's story line.
Rarely has a book aroused so much controversy within my book group! Some were wowed by the story’s creative excesses and the author’s prowess at harnessing them to her cause;... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jeanette Thomas
First of all, I have to say I disagree with many of the reviews here. I thought this story did live up to what I was looking for when I first saw it on the table in the bookstore. Read morePublished 7 days ago by KFDP
I had the good luck of seeing Ms. Russell read an excerpt of Swamplandia at the Philadelphia Free Library, and asked her why she chose "Ava" out of all her "St Lucy's... Read morePublished 28 days ago by queenhobart
I wanted to like this, and thought I might, given ALL THE HYPE, but it was kind of... eh? I didn't exactly hate it, but just didn't think the rave reviews were justified. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
There are worthwhile themes in this book about life on the outskirts of civilized society, the difficulties in trying to assimilate yourself in that society, and the decline of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The great failing of SWAMPLANDIA! is not in its concept but in its inability to take that concept beyond the expected. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Al Nance
Great book. Well written. A grabbing story filled with humor and sadness throughout. All written in a way that keeps you wanting to read more.Published 1 month ago by Ed Stedman