Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

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For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world -- until the unthinkable happens.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
ISBN: 9780735219090
Branch Call Number: FICTION OWENS...D
Characteristics: 370 pages : map ; 24 cm


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Beautifully and well written. Engrossing story.
Themes: isolationism, racism, love, loneliness, self reliance, nature vs nurture.
One of the best books I have read. -- Linda S.

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Oct 16, 2019

The author paints a wonderful story. You can imagine where she lives and how she survives. The mystery keeps you guessing throughout the book. Wonderfully believable characters. I cried towards the end of the book.

Oct 13, 2019

Beautifully written. Hard to get into . . . but worth the patience to stay the course. Like Carson McCullers and WilliamFaulkner, Delia Owens weaves a story of the South with characters with whom one finds common ground and empathy.

Oct 02, 2019

Recommended by Karen

Sep 26, 2019

The descriptive use of the natural environment has been lacking in fiction. Delia Owens nails the integration of the feelings and instincts that nature brings to our world. Love how she takes a very dysfunctional existence and shows it's many outcomes.

Sep 20, 2019

I didn't like this book. I didn't finish reading it. I would not recommend this book to anyone. Not my cup of tea.

Sep 19, 2019

I SO LOVED this book! I was right there with Kya from the get go! What a well written first fiction novel-so descriptive. One of the best reads we have had in our book club & a great discussion. Kudos Delia Owens👏👏!

Sep 19, 2019

This was such a wonderful and heart wrenching read! Marsh Girl is going to be one of those characters that sticks with me for awhile!

Aimee M Trudel
Sep 17, 2019

Jan Reynolds' recommendation - dotted 'good'

Sep 14, 2019

Maybe read this article before reading the book:
Every book club's favorite book of 2019 is the debut novel by Delia Owens, an elderly white woman who worked in Africa and now lives in Idaho. I'm not sure why she thought she could write a book, much less one about a murder set in Louisiana in the 60s and 70s. Here's a sentence to give you a sample of her style: "Tutored by millions of minutes alone, Kya thought she knew lonely." I did not like this book, its swampy atmosphere was redolent of far better writers like James Lee Burke, while its clunky murder plot would make John Grisham blush. I bet they'll make a movie. I'd cast Kristen Stewart as Kya and Morgan Freeman as the judge.
"Way out wonder, where the crawdads sing." Note: crawdads do not actually sing.

Sep 14, 2019

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Jun 24, 2019

“She knew the years of isolation had altered her behavior until she was different from others, but it wasn't her fault she'd been alone. Most of what she knew, she'd learned from the wild. Nature had nurtured, tutored, and protected her when no one else would.”

Jun 24, 2019

“I wasn't aware that words could hold so much. I didn't know a sentence could be so full.”

Jun 24, 2019

“Sometimes she heard night-sounds she didn’t know or jumped from lightning too close, but whenever she stumbled, it was the land who caught her. Until at last, at some unclaimed moment, the heart-pain seeped away like water into sand. Still there, but deep. Kya laid her hand upon the breathing, wet earth, and the marsh became her mother.”


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Sep 19, 2019

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Aug 07, 2019

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