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Jennifer Lawler

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I felt like the author was struggling to figure out how to write a novel. She kept including things like the excerpt from a seaman’s journal, as if to show she’d done some research but which didn’t connect with the story, really.

I found myself skimming through page after page of description of the marsh. Obviously the setting mattered to the story but it felt repetitious and didn’t tell me much about the story or the characters.

Then the author would stop everything to dump in back story about, say, Kya’s parents and their marriage. Which Kya didn’t know, so it was the unnamed narrator foisting all of this on us, and to no real purpose. I figured out that Pa was a mean drunk on page one. I didn’t need all the history of his marriage to Mama. It doesn’t make him less of a stereotype.