Among the Swamp People: Life in Alabama's Mobile-Tensaw River Delta by Watt KeyAmong the Swamp People: Life in Alabama's Mobile-Tensaw River Delta by Watt Key

Among the Swamp People: Life in Alabama's Mobile-Tensaw River Delta

byWatt KeyIllustratorKelan Mercer

Hardcover | September 1, 2015

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Among the Swamp People is the story of author Watt Key’s discovery of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. “The swamp” consists of almost 260,000 acres of wetlands located just north of Mobile Bay. There he leases a habitable outcropping of land and constructs a primitive cabin from driftwood to serve as a private getaway. His story is one that chronicles the beauties of the delta’s unparalleled natural wonders, the difficulties of survival within it, and an extraordinary community of characters—by turns generous and violent, gracious and paranoid, hilarious and reckless—who live, thrive, and perish there.
There is no way into the delta except by small boat. To most it would appear a maze of rivers and creeks between stunted swamp trees and mud. Key observes that there are few places where one can step out of a boat without “sinking to the knees in muck the consistency of axle grease. It is the only place I know where gloom and beauty can coexist at such extremes. And it never occurred to me that a land seemingly so bleak could hide such beauty and adventure.”
It also chronicles Key’s maturation as a writer, from a twenty-five-year-old computer programmer with no formal training as a writer to a highly successful, award-winning writer of fiction for a young adult audience with three acclaimed novels published to date.
In learning to make a place for himself in the wild, as in learning to write, Key’s story is one of “hoping someone—even if just myself—would find value in my creations.”
Albert Watkins "Watt" Key Jr. is a novelist, screenwriter, and speaker living on Alabama's Gulf Coast. His debut novel, Alabama Moon, was released to national acclaim in 2006, won the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award for Older Readers, and has been published in eight languages to date. In 2009, Alabama Moon was made into a feature film sta...
Title:Among the Swamp People: Life in Alabama's Mobile-Tensaw River DeltaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:University of Alabama PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0817318852

ISBN - 13:9780817318857


Table of Contents

Discovery?Spring 1996
First Night
Camp Man
Crazy Dan
City People
Swamp Writer
Hurricane Georges
Man Tools
Water Hunter
Swamp Camp
The White Car
Risks and Changes
The Trailer Park
Man Talk
Catching Alligators
Kitchen Music
Late-Night Visitors
Chuckfee Revival
Deltona 500
Boats on the Loose
The Slough
The Boat Slip
Delta Heckler
Camp Names
Bottle Creek
Random Proud
Best Friends
Big Generator
The Dark Ages
The Phone Call
Back to the Mud
The Deal
More Hurricanes
Stepping Out
Big Generator 2
Christmas Gift
End of an Era

Editorial Reviews

“Among the Swamp People takes the form of one tall tale after another, made believable by the fact that you’d be hard-pressed to make them up. Key gives us a readable, engaging, slice-of-life insight into a world that most of us hardly know at all.” —Frye Gaillard, author of Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America and coauthor of In the Path of the Storms: Bayou La Batre, Coden, and the Alabama Coast