Dec 14, 2011 — 2011 was a terrific year for fiction — both from first-time novelists and much-decorated veterans. Maureen Corrigan's recommendations range from Karen Russell's dazzling debut, to David Foster Wallace's posthumously published novel, to what may be the Sept. 11 novel.
Aug 5, 2011 — A girl travels from her family's theme park to the underworld in Swamplandia! It debuts at No. 15.
Jul 27, 2011 — Dennis Lehane returns to a torn character he invented a decade ago, Ruth Rendell visits London's Portobello Road, Karen Russell sets her debut in the Florida swamps, and Anne Fortier explores Romeo and Juliet in a modern love story. Meanwhile, Rosanne Cash reflects on her life and famous family.
Feb 9, 2011 — Author Karen Russell talks to All Things Considered co-host Melissa Block about her eclectic literary tastes, life in the Everglades and other influences for her debut novel, Swamplandia! — about a gator-wrestling, theme-park-owning family
Feb 2, 2011 — In her debut novel, Swamplandia!, Karen Russell tells a fantastical story of a gator-theme-park-owning family trying to make ends meet in the lush (and dangerous) Florida swamplands.