" . . . a voice we desperately need in these troubled times."
Janisse Ray's, Pinhook, spoke to my heart,as have all her books. The main reason for this is that I grew up in Fargo, Georgia, on the edges of the Okefenokee Swamp and Pinhook Swamp was literally in my "backyard."
I was lucky enough to meet Ms. Ray in 2003 at the Southern Women Writers Conference at Berry College where she read from her book, "Ecology of a Cracker Childhood." I was moved to tears by her reading and then by her soulful plea for us to all consider what we are doing to our beloved Southern homeland.
Ms. Ray is such an eloquent voice for all of Georgia, all of the "wild" nature there is left in not only our home state, but this country and the world. She speaks from the heart, but also with the scientific knowledge to back up her claims.
I would gladly suggest anyone who loves the few "wild" places there are in this country to read this book. It gives us all hope of redemption, renewal, and regeneration for the land, the animals who inhabit it, and for ourselves as human beings.
She speaks with such clarity, such wisdom, and so eloquently...hers is a voice we desperately need in these troubled times.