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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May 21, 2019

wonderful book Story about a young girl being left alone to survive for years alone. When two young men become intrigued , she opens up only to be hurt from both. Tate she has known since young, he taught her to read, but he left for college. Then she met Chase who wowed her by saying he would marry her, then became engaged to a local. Never had any intention of marring her. But convinced her to sleep with him. Tate came back and wanted her back. But Chase was found dead in the river. Kya was arrested and brought to trial. She was found not guilty because of an alibi that she was out of town. Tate and her did reunite and spent their days in the marsh where she updated her cabin with money that she received of her nature books. When she died, Tate found the necklace that Chase had wore, she had given her. She did kill him!!!!!

IndyPL_KateF May 20, 2019

This one was definitely worth waiting for. A page turner from beginning to end, and I am ready to read it again just because it was such a wonderful experience to read the beautiful portrayal of the marshes and the development of the main character as she grew up on her own there. I believe this would be a wonderful read for anyone, regardless of reading preferences.

May 18, 2019

Wonderful - loved it and hated to finish the story.

May 17, 2019

Wow. Awesome read. Worth the wait.

Hazelnut May 13, 2019

A love story and murder mystery for nature lovers. This book came highly recommended but sometimes when I expect too much I am disappointed. I started the book on Thursday night and finished on Sunday. It did not disappoint.
A great story about love, trust, abandonment and belonging, of the mercilessness of human nature.
Kya left alone as a child in the swamp is a survivor. She overcomes the odds with little help from outsiders.
It is a book about girl power and never giving up.
I highly recommend this book.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW May 12, 2019

I resisted reading this for a long time, despite all the lavish praise that has been heaped upon it, because it seemed to be decidedly Not My Thing. But I am so glad I finally gave this a try -- it left me so profoundly moved that I don't think I can give it anything less than five stars, despite a few quibbles I had at various points in the book. The writing is incredibly beautiful -- Owens brings the marshland of eastern NC vividly to life -- and it's impressive that this book is essentially trying to be multiple stories at once, and it succeeds wildly at all of them. It's a mystery, but also a coming of age story, but also a sort of meditation on nature and humans' relationship with it, and I loved almost everything about it. I was in tears when I finished reading this, and can't recommend it highly enough.

May 08, 2019

I read this for a book club and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked how there were constant parallels between the lead character Kya's life and the natural world for different parts of Kya's story. Definitely put yourself on the waiting list for this one, the story is popular because it's so good, worth the wait!

LPL_ShirleyB May 06, 2019

A highly-compelling & romantic historical murder mystery, set in wilderness marsh in North Carolina in the civil rights challenges of the 1950s-1960s. Eventually, there may be a movie based on this atmospheric story!
This popular book is worth waiting on the holds list!
In the meantime, try these related reads:
• Beloved by Toni Morrison
• Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
• Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes
• Norwegian wood by Haruki Murakami
• Sudden Country by Karen Fisher
• West With the Night by Beryl Markham
• Life of Pi by Yann Martel

May 06, 2019

What a book! It was a little bit slow off the start, but then became the kind of book that had me awake late at night, and up early to keep reading. Kya is an absolutely amazing character, and you will be cheering for her throughout. Two strong parallel storylines that entwine near the end with a mystery that keeps the pages turning. I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book. It's going to take me several days to be able to start a new book.

May 05, 2019

I loved this book! The cover includes a quote from the New York Times Book Review: “Painfully beautiful . . . At once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative, and a celebration of nature.” I agree with two out of three, but calling this book a “coming-of-age narrative” trivializes the story of Kya, who is a strong, courageous, resilient, resourceful, heroic woman who may be a combination of Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games) and Tara Westover (Educated)(who is a real person, of course).

Two stories are told in parallel. The story of Kya starts in 1952 when she is six years old and her mother leaves the family. She and her father continue living in a shack in the marsh of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Kya has to learn how to take care of herself at a very early age, and eventually she is all alone, learning everything about life from the nature teeming around her. The people of the nearby town shun her as the “Marsh Girl.” She is ridiculed at school and never returns after the first day. She has a very few human friends, but mostly she is of the marsh and immersed in the natural world.

The second story starts in 1969, when the former quarterback of the local high school football team dies under suspicious circumstances. Was it an accident, or was he murdered?

The beautifully written book goes back and forth between the two stories until they intersect. I could hardly stand to put this book down.

One of my favorite parts is when Kya learns to read at age 14. Most of us do not recall how magical it was when we first learned how to read. Learning to read changes her life, as it once changed all of our lives, though her life is so very different from ours. She reads books about science and she reads poetry. It is fascinating to think of how she perceives them from her perspective of so much immersion in nature, and so little experience with people.

Kya’s story is beautiful and amazing; while she endures childhood traumas that would destroy most people, she finds a way to live in the world, though she is forever shaped by her early days. She is also strongly influenced by all the lessons she observes in nature. I love and admire her, and you will too. She is one of the most interesting characters I have found in a novel in a long time.

And the wonderful descriptions of nature—birds, animals, insects, plants, shells—if you have ANY Interest at all in nature, you must read this book! This book makes clear why marshes and wetlands are so critically important to us all, even as real estate developers want to drain marshes and build on the ruined land.

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