Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

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"Fans of Barbara Kingsolver will love this stunning debut novel from a New York Times bestselling nature writer, about an unforgettable young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina, and the two men that will break her isolation open. 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. In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a heartbreaking coming of age story and a surprising murder investigation. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens's debut novel 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Topical Term: Solitude
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2018
ISBN: 9780735219090
Branch Call Number: F
PS3615.W447 W48 2018
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 24 cm


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It starts out very descriptive, and really depressing, so I almost didn't keep reading. I'm glad I did because the story is captivating, lyrically written and keeps you guessing. Great book! (As many agree. 54 weeks on NYT Bestseller List.) -- Recommended by Katherine R.

A girl is abandoned by family and gorws up in the swamp -- Recommended by Sherry

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LVCCLD_SaharaWest Jun 03, 2018

September 2018 - “Romance, mystery, murder and it all takes place in the breathtaking backdrop of the South.”

Delia Owens’ lush debut is set in the marshy low country of North Carolina, where the storied “Marsh Girl” has lived for years in the wild. But when the world encroaches on her lonely life, she must decide what’s truly necessary for her own survival in this novel drenched in Southern drama.

“Where the Crawdads Sing is a stunning and beautiful novel that readers will want to simultaneously savor and devour with every luxurious word. You’ll hear the gulls cry on the beach through these pages, you’ll see the light flickering through the marsh trees, you’ll smell the homemade grits sizz... Read More »

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Nov 14, 2019

I was left disappointed with this book. It just didn't ring true to me. The setting is a fictional town on the NC coast, which I have no problem with, but the different characters kept going to Asheville (!?) to get stuff. That makes no sense at all. It read to me like someone who has spent a lot of time in marshes along the Southeast coast, but, as a native North Carolinian, I did not feel like the author really got North Carolina specifically. It bugged me enough to go look up her bio. I saw that she is from Georgia and now lives in Idaho. The setting felt more like the Georgia coast to me. The bit about Asheville was just superfluous and could have been subbed with any number of other cities. I think this book would have worked better if she had set it along the Georgia coast, but I was willing to overlook the little missteps like that and some of the dialogue, but then the rushed last part of the book and the ending left a sour taste in my mouth. I did like the beginning of the book better and really liked the idea of a "Marsh Girl", but it just didn't hang together the way I wanted it to. I would give this book an "okay", but definitely don't get all the love for it. There are better Southern and North Carolinian books out there.

For a book that has some similarities to this novel I highly recommend "Refuge" by Dot Jackson, who was a native North Carolinian who wrote for the Charlotte Observer for years. It is absolutely spot-on with dialect and sense of place. CHPL does have it. I read it ten years ago and it still hangs with me.

And it is in no way as good as anything Barbara Kingsolver has ever written in my estimation. Kingsolver is always spot on with facts and dialect and dialogue. Owens fell short.

Nov 13, 2019

I'm just not sure why this has been so popular. Some parts were lovely, and the author did a nice job evoking the atmosphere of the Outer Banks, the time and place. The beginning of the novel was the best, getting to know the main character, Kya, and getting a feel for her world. And there is some intrigue, as we're taken back and forth from her childhood story to a current murder investigation.

But I found too much of the plot, and the dialogue, just too unbelievable, implausible. I was intrigued enough to keep reading through the somewhat tedious YA romance and the last half, but mostly in the hopes that the story would redeem itself.

But no, implausible. Right to the end. Ugh. Maybe if there wouldn't have been such hype, if I had gone in with lower expectations, I would have been more forgiving and liked it better??

FPL_Lori Nov 11, 2019

This book lives up to the hype and blends all the genres. If you love vivid descriptions of nature, murder mysteries, and romance, you'll love "Where the Crawdads Sing."

Nov 09, 2019

Loved it so much. Not much else to say. Thank you to all who insisted I had to read it!

Nov 07, 2019

I couldn't put this book down! I read this book in two days! This gave me a new perspective on women in literature. We don't always have to sit there and wait for the next man - we can do it all by ourselves.

I enjoyed the theme around isolation and being different - it really shined a light on the current place in time these characters were in. The author did an amazing job in showcasing the knowledge and beauty behind biology and things that may look dirty like swamps or crazy birds are truly amazing. There's beauty in life!

Nov 05, 2019

Hello, we will be on vacation through November 20 so request that you put my request on Where the Crawdads Sing on a delayed hold until we return. Thank you!

Carol E. Byrne

Nov 04, 2019

I loved this book and was hard to put it down.

Oct 31, 2019

I love this book so much! Couldn't put it down and recommend it to all my reader friends.

Oct 31, 2019

I could not put this book down, I absolutely love this book and have nothing bad to say about it!
Highly recommend it. I started the book and hadn't heard anything about it so wasn't sure what to expect...it's now my favorite!

Oct 22, 2019

Book Club - look for more by this author!

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Jun 24, 2019

“She knew the years of isolation had altered her behavior until she was different from others, but it wasn't her fault she'd been alone. Most of what she knew, she'd learned from the wild. Nature had nurtured, tutored, and protected her when no one else would.”

Jun 24, 2019

“I wasn't aware that words could hold so much. I didn't know a sentence could be so full.”

Jun 24, 2019

“Sometimes she heard night-sounds she didn’t know or jumped from lightning too close, but whenever she stumbled, it was the land who caught her. Until at last, at some unclaimed moment, the heart-pain seeped away like water into sand. Still there, but deep. Kya laid her hand upon the breathing, wet earth, and the marsh became her mother.”


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