“In your own life, you’re pretty powerless. And then there’s this alternate zone where there’s an external enemy you can fight. It would be easy if there were just a giant alligator Ava and her brother and sister could wrestle, instead of cancer and bankruptcy.”
That’s Karen Russell talking about the role of the children’s adventure-story plot in her novel, Swamplandia. The author also discusses alligators, everglades, and her latest project, which is set in the Dust Bowl.