This book is an extremely intense journey down the rabbithole of extreme poverty, child abandonment and PTSD. It is also a celebration of the resiliency of the human spirit, the intrinsic bonds between humanity and nature, and the freedom that stems from trusting your heart to another. The setting is haunting and evocative, the prose is lyrical, and the Marsh Girl is one of the most finely wrought characters I have ever encountered.
The story is interwoven with the delicate biological balance of the vulnerable ecosystem. It brings the flora and fauna to life in a way that echoes the writing of Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson and Barbara Kingsolver. The Marsh Girl’s innate connection to the natural world that sheltered and provided for her is beautiful in its dual simplicity and complexity.
This was a five star read for me. Pick it up and be prepared to lose all sense of time and place.