“This first novel by Russell was one of the 3 finalists for the 2012 Pulitzer. Even though they couldn't make up their minds and declined to give out the award, I feel that this story was worthy of the award. Initially I thought it was going to be a down on their luck family story set in the quirky environment of an alligator wrestling amusement park. But it got weirder from there. It took a few turns in the fantastical realm that I wasn't expecting. It did get a little bit predictable in the end, but all in all a good tale.
Finished : 8/24/2013”