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


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Chapel_Hill_SarahW Mar 23, 2019

I didn't think I'd like this, but I am super grateful that one of my lovely book club members picked this amazing book. I was drawn in by Owens' superb description of the North Carolina marshland flora and fauna; it was a wonderful mix of science and beautiful language that enveloped me in the environment. Kya, the main character, is a complicated mix of hardworking orphan, patient observer, and extraordinary artist. I had such a good time reading this; definitely one that you slow down with to make it last longer.

Mar 18, 2019

Kya's spirit is the compelling center of this story. Born into the most terrible imaginable circumstances and abandoned by her family, she grows, learns, and connects to nature through several key people. Imagine "Girl of the Limberlost" for contemporary readers ... with a touch of "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". Owens is an experienced nature writer, and that is her strongest suit -- but I can only comment that if this is her first novel (as the blurb suggests), then... wow! Read it slow and enjoy Owens' talent - this one is about the settings and characters with a good mystery at the core.

Mar 18, 2019

I enjoyed this book. An easy read that moved quickly but I felt like it kept jumping around in rhythm, style and credibility.

Mar 17, 2019

Interesting story with a flawed conclusion.

Mar 09, 2019

From Sally (book club)

Mar 08, 2019

One of the best fiction books I've ever read. I was transported to the scene. Lyrical, beautiful, heartbreaking and suspenseful. I appreciate those beautiful marshes ever so much more.

Mar 04, 2019


Mar 03, 2019

One of the top 5 of the year for me. Kya grows up abused, then abandoned, then isolated and ridicules and eventually accused of a crime. Through it all she is determined to survive as a self-sufficient woman who becomes an artist, author, and naturalist. Heart-breaking, inspiring and surprising. Owens is a master in story telling.

Mar 01, 2019

So lovely! Read with a friend so you can both bask in the glow of this book!

Feb 21, 2019

I rarely tear up at the end of a book. I had a visceral reaction to this story because she was the embodiment of abandonment, loneliness and feeling unloved. Yet she succeeds beautifully. I want my husband to read it so we can talk about it.

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