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.
“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.”
Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing
Goodness gracious and wow, wow, wow! Where the Crawdads Sing is so far my favorite read of 2018. I have enjoyed numerous other books, but this one will remain a favorite for the rest of my life. Owens is such an exceptional, profound, and breathtaking writer — she deserves all the stars! Her eloquent and expressive writing is not only beautiful but simply out of this world and in a class of its own. I felt I was right there with Kya in the marsh and could smell and hear everything on the North Carolina coast. There are some sad parts and my heart did break a few times for Kya’s circumstances. But I quickly realized she is a survivor and super clever. As you can see, I want everyone to read this book! I guarantee you will fall in love with Kya and several of the other memorable characters. I would love to see this book adapted to a movie and I can already imagine how beautiful the scenery will be.
A HUGE thanks to G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Edelweiss for allowing me to read this amazing novel in exchange for my honest opinion. You guys are the best!! Of course, I purchased a hard copy as well! 🙂