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The Bigtree clan of alligator wrestlers is falling apart, and 13-year-old Ava is caught in the middle. After the untimely death of her mother, the famous wrestler Hilola Bigtree, Ava struggles to save the family’s tourist park on the titular Florida island while also trying to reunite her family — a sister overtaken by magical thinking, a brother yearning for normalcy and a steadfast father who wobbles in troubled times. This luminescent sophomore novel from Karen Russell, one of The New Yorker’s recently named top 20 fiction writers under 40, spins sentences that roil you and release you in new altitudes of heartwrenching hilarity.