Swamplandia! is a novel released in 2011 written by Karen Russell. It is an Adaptation Expansion of sorts to a previous short story collected in the author's first short story collection, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves.In the novel, thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. But when illness fells Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, the family is plunged into chaos; her father withdraws, her sister falls in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, defects to a rival park called The World of Darkness.
Swamplandia! provides examples of the following tropes:
- Adaptation Expansion: Ava Wrestles the Alligator
- Missing Mom: Ava's mother dies during the opening of the novel.