Uptown Writer’s Debut Novel Garners Critical Acclaim

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Photo Credit: Joanne Chan

Washington Heights resident, Karen Russell, has the literary world abuzz with her debut novel Swamplandia!. Just last year, Karen was featured in the The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 Fiction Issue and her novel recently received a rave review from the The New York Times. In the accompanying podcast of the NY Times review, Karen is described as “one of the major young writers of our time.” Swamplandia! delves deeper into the story and background of the Bigtree family that were first introduced in her critically acclaimed short-story collection St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves.

Check out The New Yorker Q&A:  http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2010/06/14/100614fi_fiction_20under40_qa_karen-russell#ixzz1FdqB4kRK

Check out The New York Times review: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/06/books/review/Donoghue-t.html?_r=1

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