Karen Russell Interview


“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.

(Via Vintage&Anchor)

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →