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] : Random House Large Print, [2018]
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781984827616
1984827618
Branch Call Number: LP FIC Owens
Characteristics: 496 pages (large print) : map ; 24 cm.

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debwalker Dec 12, 2018

And in the news (December 12, 2018) - Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine will produce a film adaptation of Delia Owens's bestselling novel. She knows how to pick 'em!

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feralranger
Dec 04, 2018

This was my favorite fiction of 2018! This book has everything I like to read in fiction. Good characters, good setting, good pacing, good drama, and a great message without being heavy handed.
I put this book right up there with some of my all time favorites: News of the world by Paulette Jiles, The highest Tide by Jim Lynch, Prodigal summer by Barbara Kingsolver, To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee, All the beautiful horses by Cormac McCarthy, Water for elephants by Sara Gruen, and the list goes on for miles but hopefully the title read -a-likes help make my point of how much I loved this book.
If you liked any of the titles I mentioned you will like this book.

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Ljparker5807
Dec 04, 2018

A lovely book. Reminded me of Pat Conroy's books in some ways.

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knobbyknees69
Nov 29, 2018

I was carried away with this one, and very impressed with the author's mingling of her career knowledge into a mystery...bringing a character from hopelessness to one of power. There were parts I was not enjoying due to graphic wording...but this was the first book over 300 pages I read in just a 4 day period. It might have been less days had my eyes not given out each day. A page turner for sure. Great first fiction novel for this well written and award winning nonfiction author.

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stephanieanastasia
Nov 25, 2018

The best book I have read! Kya's story struck such a chord within me. As I dove into the novel I became so enveloped in her life, ,what she saw, what she felt, what she lived. In many ways I resonated so much with her spirit, and her experiences. I found great comfort in this book that I would never have expected to find. I recommend this book for the nature and for the art, for the love between nature and human, the power of love from within our own being, for the beauty of hope and resilience. it is a book of the soul who feels rejected,secluded, abandoned, but rises up with beautiful passion and strength always remaining authentic to the inner voice who is always there for you, even when you feel as if you are alone.

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jenhodges13
Nov 06, 2018

This was a fantastic book. Very vivid language, I felt like I was in the marsh exploring right along with the characters!

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PansyT
Oct 22, 2018

This is the best book I’ve read all year. Her writing is so wonderful that every page brings joy. It’s set in an area of the world with which I have no familiarity, but I could see, feel and almost smell the atmosphere. The characters are so clearly portrayed, I felt like I had known them. Can not recommend it highly enough.

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ZoeDennison
Oct 12, 2018

Interesting characters for some, stereotypes for the rest. Some lovely imagery, and shines when main character interacts with her environment. The 'romantic' bits are a little formulaic.
Overall worth reading.

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ulana2001
Oct 11, 2018

One of my favorite books of the year. The lyrical writing describing the NC coastal marsh and the wildlife plus a mystery with a real twist is a wonderful treat.

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bibliomum
Sep 13, 2018

Reese’s September 2018 book club selection is a must read! The descriptions and mood make this book such a page turner. There is heartbreak and hope in this story that will suck you in right from the first page.

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