Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

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"Fans of Barbara Kingsolver will love this stunning debut novel from a New York Times bestselling nature writer, about an unforgettable young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina, and the two men that will break her isolation open. 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. In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a heartbreaking coming of age story and a surprising murder investigation. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens's debut novel 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2018.
ISBN: 9780735219090
Characteristics: 370 pages : illustration ; 24 cm


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September 2018 pick. Reese says "Romance, mystery, murder and it all takes place in the breathtaking backdrop of the South.”

Hillsboro_JenniFerg May 28, 2019

Quite impressive for a debut novel! Delia Owens writes beautifully, and like a seasoned novelist. I felt fully immersed in the alluring setting, and gripping plot, wanting to return to this book time and time again!

Hillsboro_ElizabethH May 02, 2019

Absolutely amazing! I was hooked from the start to the very end! Her narratives are incredible - you feel like you're actually there. I can't recommend this book enough - it will stick with you for a long time.

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Sep 20, 2019

I didn't like this book. I thought it was trash. I didn't finish reading it, but did read the end to find out how and why that boy was killed.
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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Sep 11, 2019

Although this novel is beautifully written & Kya's childhood heart-breaking, I found it dreadfully slow.
Perhaps just not my cup of tea.

Sep 09, 2019

I only finished this because it was for book club. I didn't like the way it skipped back and forth between past an present, lately every author who does this comes off as someone writing 2 separate stories and mashing them together. The book treats Kya like the main character, so we think we know what's going on in her head, but it also leaves too many unanswered questions. The ending made me want to throw the book against the wall... but I didn't, because it's not mine. I didn't like Wild, didn't like this, will approach any other Reece Witherspoon picks with extreme suspicion.

Sep 04, 2019

I managed to read this book with my book club and next to The Glass Castle it was definitely my favorite book we read through 2019.
The story is amazing and has so many twists and turns that sink it's claws into you throughout the entire read which keep you interested; the characters are so well developed and have so much detail and thought written into each one of their personalities as well as the relationships between each one of the characters makes moments happening between them impactful; but I think me favorite thing about this novel was the scenery. I loved every time there was a paragraph the author wrote that focused directly on the background. Delia really managed to not only write the reader into the year and what it was like in North Carolina in 1969; but her writing was so detailed and just amazing that I never had any difficulty painting the image of the Marsh into my head. It made the novel an entire experience to read and I loved every chapter of it.
The twists and turns, the amazingly developed characters and the beautiful scenery made for just a truly wonderful, well rounded and joyous read that had my attention from start to finish.

Sep 02, 2019

A story that pulls you in by the first sentence and doesn't let go till the last word. Reads very fast. Beautifully told mystery story with nature as the backdrop and supporting character. Highly enjoyable.

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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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