Goodreads blurb: 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.
“There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.”
Delia Owens has written a captivating, beautiful and incredibly intricate story of a young girl who finds love and connection in the marsh she calls home. She has created a cast of characters that are developed and believable, but more than that, Owens describes the setting with such passion, making the marsh a character in itself.
Kya is ten years old when she is abandoned, one by one, by her family members. As “Marsh trash”, the town-folks shun her and children create stories of this enigmatic girl living alone in the wilderness. As the years pass and Kya grows up in loneliness, she learns life lessons from the marsh, the sea, and the many living creatures that surround her. Her bravery, intelligence and sheer determined will to survive absolutely broke my heart and inspired me within the same page.
“‘You were supposed to be different. To stay. You said you loved me, but there is no such thing. There is no one on Earth you can count on.’ From somewhere very deep, she made herself a promise never to trust or love anyone again.”
While definitely Southern fiction and a coming-of-age story, Where The Crawdads Sing also has romance, mystery, murder, but most of all is a love story between a young woman and the marsh that has loved her back. As Amy (@thesoutherngirlreads) said, “All I can say to you is, buy this book. Buy it for yourself. For your mama. For your friends.” And honestly, I couldn’t have said it better myself. I think this book and the gripping and eloquent prose will resonate with any type of reader.
“I wadn’t aware that words could hold so much. I didn’t know a sentence could be so full.”
A ginormous, heartfelt thank you to Putnam Books for allowing me to read and review Where The Crawdads Sing. The feelings it invoked in my heart will stay with me for a long time.
Where The Crawdads Sing is on shelves TODAY, 8/14. Get your copy here now, bump to the top of your TBR and then share the book with everyone you know. It’s that good.
Happy Reading 🙂