Book Review

January 2020 Book Review – Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Glenda Bonham

This 2018 fiction by a first-time author, has out-sold new novels by John Grisham, Margaret Atwood and Stephen King combined. It has spent 28 weeks on the New York best-seller list.

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.

Be aware the reviews on ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ have been mixed, for a 6 year-old child to survive in predator infested swamp is high fiction. Some reviews report it’s unbelievable to point of fantasy.

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