Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Book Review - WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

Title:  Where the Crawdads Sing
Author:  Delia Owens
Genre:  Literary Fiction, Romance, Detective
Release Date:  August 14, 2018

About the Book:
The Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

The New York Times Bestseller
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.
Buy Links: Amazon 

My Review:
Where the Crawdads Sing is an emotional account of the life of a young girl who has been abandoned by everyone she loved and was left to raise herself in the marshlands near a small town in coastal North Carolina in the 1960's.  

This is a beautifully written story depicting the prejudice and poverty in the south, and yet it also portrays the love and acceptance freely given by others. Young Kya had no one. Abandoned by her mother and then her siblings, and finally by her abusive father, Kya had no one to turn to until her friendship with Jumpin' and his wife Mable began. And then there was Tate. Tate understood Kya like no one else. What started as a game, with various bird feathers being left for each other on an old tree stump, led to something much more dear with Tate teaching Kya to read and finding science and biology books for her. But then, even Tate left her and once again Kya felt abandoned and lonely, with only her gulls to keep her company.

The story takes a dramatic turn when the local football hero is found dead and the sheriff seems to think Kya is responsible. 

Delia Owens created an emotional story with some remarkable characters. On top of all that, her descriptions of the marsh, the birds, and all of nature was breathtakingly beautiful and her writing was poetic. This novel will be memorable and will rank right up there amongst my favorites.

My Rating:

About the Author:
Delia Owens is the co-author of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa—Cry of the Kalahari, The Eye of the Elephant, and Secrets of the Savanna. She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, The African Journal of Ecology, and International Wildlife, among many others. She currently lives in Idaho, where she continues her support for the people and wildlife of Zambia. Where the Crawdads Sing is her first novel.

You can also connect with Delia on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authordeliao...


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