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...
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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

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ISBN - 10:0817318852

ISBN - 13:9780817318857

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"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