G. Bianco, 2019
From debut novel to international phenomenon, Where the Crawdads Sing has been on bookshelves all over the world since its release in 2018. Now that its movie adaptation has just been released in theaters in the United States, I thought it’d be the perfect time to finally listen to all of the friends and family members who have recommended it to me and dive into Delia Owens’s beloved novel!
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet fishing village. Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when the popular Chase Andrews is found dead, locals immediately suspect her. But Kya is not what they say. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life's lessons from the land, learning the real ways of the world from the dishonest signals of fireflies. But while she has the skills to live 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.
This book took me quite a bit to get into but I ended up really enjoying this story. Kya’s story stirred up many different emotions for me: heartache, sorrow, joy, wonder, and many more. Her persistence at making a life for herself and her intelligence when it came to nature was so cool to read about and it gave me a greater appreciation for the natural world.
The way this book mixed mystery, coming-of-age, romance, and many other genres into one book was impressive and made this book a unique read. If you appreciate super descriptive novels or ones that will have you guessing until the very end, then add this one to your list! Now I just need to see the movie...
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