Where the Crawdads Sing
By: Delia Owens
# of pages: 384
Challenge: A to Z, Book Bingo
Quote: “Kya bit her bottom lip as she watched. Wondering how it would feel to be among them. Their joy created an aura almost visible against the deepening sky. Ma had said women need one another more than they need men, but she never told her how to get inside the pride.”
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.
Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
Review: My first book read in the new year and it was worthy of five stars and a place on my favorites list! In a way I hate reviewing amazing books because I can’t do them justice. This book is beautifully written, has a great plot full of thought provoking subjects and an intriguing mystery, and the character of Kya is one easy to emphathize with and understand.
Kya was abandoned by her mother at age six and in the short years that follow, her siblings and father leave her as well. She makes do in the marshes of coastal North Carolina, but while she doesn’t physically starve, she often feels emotionally starved. In order to feel connected to the world, she falls in love with the nature that surrounds her on a daily basis. Where the Crawdads Sing is the story of how she interacts with all of nature, that of the marsh environment and that of the townspeople floating by on the fringes of her existence.
At times this story made my heart ache, but it was also inspiring. Kya led a rough life that no one deserves, but she made the best of it and handled situations with strength and resolve. This would be a good book club read. The way Kya interacts with people and the mystery that’s presented throughout the novel made me want to discuss the book with someone! I recommend it to all adults. And I also recommend visiting the NC coast if you haven’t done so yet, it’s a beautiful place.
Why I gave this book 5/5 stars: Interesting plot, beautiful story, strong characters.