Reading: A Song For Nettie Johnson by Gloria Sawai

Reading: A Song For Nettie Johnson by Gloria Sawai

A Song For Nettie Johnson
by Gloria Sawai

Sawai’s creation of a sense of community is extraordinary, but she brings her individual characters fully to life, too. Certainly, the most memorable is Nettie Johnson herself, the wild woman who lives out of town by the quarry, ostracized by the townsfolk, spied on by the local kids, but so determined to live that she manages to find everything she needs: a man, great music, friendly stones and birds to talk to, and the joy of spelling words.

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