Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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. 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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2018
ISBN: 9780735219090
Branch Call Number: OWE
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 15, 2019

The first half is an interesting, detailed read, but the second half is an exhilarating mystery! Loved this book.

Aug 11, 2019

I do not often read novels, I prefer books about decorating and autobiographies, but there was so much hype about this book I put it on hold and waited patiently to get it. It was, in my opinion, okay. Sorry folks! The things I did not care for were the poems inserted here and there....I got to where I skipped over them. The other thing I had a problem with is I am around the same age as Kya was.... I doubt seriously I would have been able to survive all alone, since the age of seven, without some government entity getting involved! I did not care for the ending either. I know Reese Witherspoon bought the rights to the book so I’m hoping her adaptation makes more sense to me. I could go on about things I did not care for - the brother Jodie, Tate being overly patient, but overall I would say it is an interesting storyline and Ms. Owen’s does have a gift for writing. I just would have written it a tad different is all.

Aug 10, 2019

I, like many of the other commentors, decided to see what the fuss was all about regarding this book. On a straightforward level, it was charming and intriguing. On another it could be a parable for any of us who has not led a charmed life, who has been buffeted by bad luck, nasty people, etc. At any rate, I think it was worth the time and effort to learn more about the ecology of swamps and marshes. Too bad there was no thought of "working in" a page or so of "Kya's first bestseller". The solution of the murder was unnecessary really....

Aug 08, 2019

It's been a long time since I read something this beautiful.

Aug 07, 2019

Great read! Highly recommend. Surprise ending...

Aug 06, 2019

No wonder there is a long list of library clients waiting to read this EXCELLENT BOOK !!!
Heartfelt emotion in many places. Wonderful nature descriptions. Intriguing story. Good ending.

LPL_SarahM Aug 05, 2019

Lives up to the hype!

sjpl_rebekah Aug 02, 2019

This book has been at the top of the NY Times Bestsellers List for awhile, and I have had several patrons ask for read-alikes, so I decided to see what all the fuss is about.

This book started out slowly and kept a steady pace. The author did an excellent job crafting the setting. I could practically feel the marsh; the languid air, the movement of the water, the teeming abundance of life. It was absolutely gorgeous in every sense, and I felt deeply connected to the land, the animals, and the “Marsh Girl.”

Owens has created incredibly unique characters, and truly captured the sentiments of small town living. There are many layers to this book – race, gender, social class, and sexuality to name a few. All the elements are very well crafted and it is easy to see why this book has been so well received.

The reason I am not giving this book five stars is because I was extremely conflicted about the ending. To be honest, a big part of me wishes I had not read the final chapter. There is a certain amount of power in the unknown, and I think I would have been more satisfied not knowing what precipitated the mysterious death of Chase Andrews. Perhaps this will seem like an odd sentiment to some, but I truly feel that in this case, I would have preferred to be left speculating about what happened on that fateful night.

liljables Jul 29, 2019

I'm on the fence about this book. I think Kya Clark is a fascinating character - she reminded me of the wildlife biologist in Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer/the botanist from Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things. Delia Owens' background as a zoologist is clear, making her nature-related prose truly beautiful to read.

But, I think Owens needs a lot of work on her dialogue. Thankfully, Kya has mercifully few conversations, but these were all fairly painful for me. This is Owens' first work of fiction, of course, so perhaps her dialogue will catch up to her descriptive skill in subsequent novels. In addition, the romantic bits fell flat for me. I'd still recommend the book, if only so you can meet the protagonist.

Jul 29, 2019

One of the best books I have ever read. A haunting tale that will be on my mind for a long time. The descriptive language was incredible. Nothing quite like it. A must read for everyone.

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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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