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: F OWENS
Characteristics: 370 pages : map ; 24 cm


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Viewed with suspicion in the aftermath of a tragedy, a beautiful hermit who has survived for years in a marsh becomes targeted by unthinkable forces.

Viewed with suspicion in the aftermath of a murder, Kya Clark, who has survived alone for years in a marsh near the North Carolina coast, becomes targeted by unthinkable forces.

Viewed with suspicion in the aftermath of a tragedy, a beautiful hermit who has survived for years in a marsh becomes targeted by unthinkable forces.Want to read this in your book group? Contact Book Groups at booktalk@mymcpl.org

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Jan 18, 2019

Lovely book! In some respects it reminded me of Barbara Kingsolver. A lot of biological information about the swamp area where this girl lives. Kia was deserted by both of her parents when she was seven, and somehow managed to scrape a living from the swamp. Her friend taught her to read when she was 10 and the book was really fascinating. I had to stay up late to finish it. I don't want to give any clues. to the actual story, but it was compelling. This should be a good book for a bookclub discussion.

Jan 17, 2019

This stunning novel is not just about nature and a marsh- but about isolation, prejudice, friendship, love, and longing. Perfect for fans of historical and literary genres- but I will say, this can definitely be loved by readers who don't typically read this genre (like myself!).

Jan 05, 2019

Owens transports you to the North Carolina marsh in this unique, engrossing read. A coming-of-age story, full of everything I enjoy in a novel: adventure, mystery, survival, loss, love. I may go back and re-read at some point (which is something I rarely do with fiction.)

debwalker Dec 12, 2018

And in the news (December 12, 2018) - Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine will produce a film adaptation of Delia Owens's bestselling novel. She knows how to pick 'em!

Dec 04, 2018

This was my favorite fiction of 2018! This book has everything I like to read in fiction. Good characters, good setting, good pacing, good drama, and a great message without being heavy handed.
I put this book right up there with some of my all time favorites: News of the world by Paulette Jiles, The highest Tide by Jim Lynch, Prodigal summer by Barbara Kingsolver, To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee, All the beautiful horses by Cormac McCarthy, Water for elephants by Sara Gruen, and the list goes on for miles but hopefully the title read -a-likes help make my point of how much I loved this book.
If you liked any of the titles I mentioned you will like this book.

Dec 04, 2018

A lovely book. Reminded me of Pat Conroy's books in some ways.

Nov 29, 2018

I was carried away with this one, and very impressed with the author's mingling of her career knowledge into a mystery...bringing a character from hopelessness to one of power. There were parts I was not enjoying due to graphic wording...but this was the first book over 300 pages I read in just a 4 day period. It might have been less days had my eyes not given out each day. A page turner for sure. Great first fiction novel for this well written and award winning nonfiction author.

Nov 25, 2018

The best book I have read! Kya's story struck such a chord within me. As I dove into the novel I became so enveloped in her life, ,what she saw, what she felt, what she lived. In many ways I resonated so much with her spirit, and her experiences. I found great comfort in this book that I would never have expected to find. I recommend this book for the nature and for the art, for the love between nature and human, the power of love from within our own being, for the beauty of hope and resilience. it is a book of the soul who feels rejected,secluded, abandoned, but rises up with beautiful passion and strength always remaining authentic to the inner voice who is always there for you, even when you feel as if you are alone.

Nov 06, 2018

This was a fantastic book. Very vivid language, I felt like I was in the marsh exploring right along with the characters!

Oct 22, 2018

This is the best book I’ve read all year. Her writing is so wonderful that every page brings joy. It’s set in an area of the world with which I have no familiarity, but I could see, feel and almost smell the atmosphere. The characters are so clearly portrayed, I felt like I had known them. Can not recommend it highly enough.

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