So..(yes, I know you should never start a sentence with "so", but it sounds good conversationally) I deliberated finishing this book; mostly because it was quite odd and weirdly sad. I actually didn't really even finish the last two chapters; just skimmed through, but I got the jest of it.
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell is a bizarre tale about the Bigtree family who run an alligator wrestling show in the swamp islands of Florida. The main attraction is Hilola Bigtree's alligator wrestling act, but when she dies suddenly the family's ties unwind and the show fizzles out. Ada the youngest of the Bigtree siblings never gives up hope, but when her sister Ossie falls in love and runs away with a ghost boyfriend she goes out to search for her. Their father, The Chief, leaves to try to save the park and make ends meet. Big brother, Kiwi, goes to work for the competition next door, The World of Darkness theme park. When things couldn't get any worse...they do. Will Ada find her sister and will the Bigtrees' keep the park alive?
This tale is for the very imaginative mind and dry-humored souls. But I'd say this book is a bit of a bore.