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.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2018.
ISBN: 9780735219090
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 24 cm


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This book has it all: mystery, survival, isolationism, classism, orphans, oh my gosh. I did not want it it end and I was truly surprised. Now I want to read the Cry of the Kalahari by this author and her husband, two naturalists/biologists.

mko123 Apr 29, 2019

I loved this book. You wont be disappointed.

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Jul 16, 2019

The sentences are full and make you feel things. I love the evocative imagery of the coast and the creature of the marsh. There is some love interest in the story, but that’s not the driving force of the plot, and I appreciate that. The racial and social issues are dealt with deftly and appropriately to the time and place of the novel. This heart-wrenching tale offers a closer look at what it means to be lonely, what makes a community, and what the human soul needs to survive and thrive. The journey readers follow with the main character is a difficult one, but I was pleased with the conclusions of the characters and storylines. This book was a bit slow to start, but the last 100 pages went by in a blink. This book is one that elicits deep sighs and long pauses after finishing, and lingers in the mind for months to follow.

marycatlyons Jul 13, 2019

This is one of those rare books that leaves you so full as a reader that you just don't know what in the world to read next...

Jul 12, 2019

This international bestseller is just that - incredible. I highly recommend!

JCLHilaryS Jul 11, 2019

I found this story to be very moving. The push-pull between having friends and trusting others vs pulling back and protecting yourself that Kyra deals with can be heart-wrenching. The descriptions of her surroundings brings it into focus, and the marsh almost becomes a character itself.

hvparys Jul 10, 2019

I would die for Kya Clark, the story's heroine. Lives up to the hype for sure, our hold list is currently 200+ strong and every time it hits our Lucky Day shelf, it's gone within the day. Definitely get your hands on this as soon as you can.

JCLTiffanyR Jul 09, 2019

An international bestseller, this book is worth every bit of the hype it's receiving. A fantastic read that captures a sense of place better than any novel in recent memory.

Jul 09, 2019

This process seems a little easier to use when I need to put a book on hold. We'll see how this turns out when it's time to pick up the
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Jul 08, 2019

I loved this book, great story. The audio version is great too! I liked it better listening to it.

Jul 08, 2019

Great summer read!! I couldn’t put this book down. Such vivid imagery in the writing and an emotional story.

Jul 07, 2019

Good summer read! This is a story of an illiterate girl who becomes an accomplished expert on the marine biology of the swamps and marshes of North Carolina coast. The author has done a nice job of keeping human characters uncomplicated , while her environment is richly embroidered with the complexity of birds, water and marine life.
Suspense builds, and the ending is held secret through the last page. Readers quietly find the answer and cheer that justice has been done. Stayed awake all night to finish. J

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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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