Karen Russell was born in Miami and now lives in New York. The story of Swamplandia! first appeared in "Ava Wrestles the Alligator," from Russell's collection of short stories, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, published in 2006.
People have long speculated about why girls love horses, according to Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture. She says that by identifying with these dynamic, strong animals, girls are expressing their own power.
The New Confession: The Roman Catholic app is not a substitute for confession, but it's supposed to help believers prepare to bare their sins to a priest.
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