Where the Crawdads Sing is a story of survival, hope, loss, prejudice, hopelessness, determination, and strength – born out of the ashes of a wounded soul. It is a heartbreaking story revealing the cruel and painful journey of adulthood.
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 young man 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 – after being abandoned by her family – finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.
Where the Crawdads Sing, the debut novel by Delia Owens, an American wildlife scientist, is an exquisite ode to nature, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us how we are forever shaped by our childhood, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
Owens’ narrative is absolutely riveting. The author depicts a tragic story without using any emotional crowns. She tells us the story of Kya in a simple, calm and distanced way, to unfold this girl’s innocence that transcends modern thought.
The New York Times Book Review called the novel “painfully beautiful”. It is a NYT best selling phenonomen, with more than 10 million copies having sold worldwide. Definitely a book that you should consider reading!