Watt Key reads from Chapter 1 of \"Alabama Moon\".
I was born in 1970, the first of seven children raised by my parents in Point Clear, Alabama. Now mostly a retreat for Mobileans, Point Clear was a remote stretch of low-lying coastline when I was a child. I spent my winters building tree forts, hunting, fishing and trapping in the swamp. Summers consisted of sleeping outside and fishing Mobile bay. We had few neighbors and learned early to entertain ourselves.