Reviews

  • "Ms Russell has produces a rich and humid world of spirits and dreams, buzzing mosquitoes and prehistoric reptiles, baby-green cocoplums and marsh rabbits, and musty old tomes about heroes and spells. With Ava she has created a goofy and self-conscious girl who is young enough to hope that all darkness has an answering lightness. Inevitably she must learn otherwise. Swamplandia! is ultimately about the aching beauties of youth - the way life begins with such dumb sweetness, while the lessons that give it meaning lurk around each bend like terrifying gators in a mossy fragrant swamp"

    The Economist
  • "The tale of the two flyaway sisters proves lyrically powerful as it maps the enchanted but dangerous worlds that young minds can conjure to deal with grief"

    Stephen Amidon, Sunday Times
  • "It's a wonderfully extravagant, eccentric story by a brilliant young writer with an amazing imagination"

    Kate Saunders, The Times
  • "I was looking forward to Swamplandia! and I wasn't disappointed. I found this novel beautifully written and very witty, yet often extremely sad too"

    TheBookBag.com
  • "The Miami-born writer renders the travails and delights of a...dreamlike world that leaves you intoxicated and slightly dishevelled"

    Monocle