Let me be clear - peer pressure isn't exclusively for angsty teens. Now mature in years (but immature in spirit), I opened this book purely because of the peer pressure I felt from my friends and online book groups. ("You must!!") To be honest, I was a little nervous. Most of the comments had revolved around the epic setting, the detailed wildlife, the descriptions of the marsh. I was bracing myself for a lyrical version of a National Geographic documentary. I didn't know what a crawdad was, but figured they were central to the plot. I expected it to be beautifully written, but very slow.
What I didn't expect was an intriguing mystery, a beautiful love story and a slice of American social history. I didn't expect to be so absorbed in the lives of the characters, or drawn in by the slow burn of the unfolding story. I didn't expect to be completely converted and become one of those people who cry, "You must! You must!!!"
I'm now exerting peer pressure on all my friends who haven't lived through the world of the crawdads. However, I tell them - don't read it just for the exquisite writing; read it for the story!
Please find here an assorted mix of what I tend to read - new books, old books, birthday gifts, gifts to myself, books from my to-be-read pile, Book Group books, fiction, non-fiction, memoirs - basically a weird assortment of goodies!
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