Karen Russell Birth:
Karen Russell Background and Writing:
In 2009, Russell was named a "5 under 35" writer by the National Book Foundation and one of the New Yorker's "20 under 40" writers to watch in 2010.
Swamplandia! (2011), Russell's debut novel about a family who runs an aging theme park in South Florida, grew out of one of the stories in St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves.