Going into Where the Crawdads Sing I felt like a very small fish in a VERY big marsh. There has been unanimous praise surrounding Owens debut novel; I wanted to find out what the hype was about, but most of all, I wanted to love it as much as everyone else.Beginning a book that already has critical and reader acclimation, is always an interesting venture. There feels as though there’s more resting on your opinion on the book; the disappointment if you don’t enjoy it weighs heavier, and if you do, the impression it leaves feels more profound.
Kya, known by those around her as the Marsh Girl, has grown up and lived in the North Carolina Marshes her whole life. Steadily abandoned by her family members from a young age, Kya becomes a recluse in her Marsh-side shack. Ostracised by the village that surrounds her, Kya finds comfort and belonging amidst the land and its creatures. With the help of a local boy, one of the only remaining figures from Kyra’s unorthodox childhood, the young woman becomes well-educated, specialising in the biology of the land of her home.
As Kyra grows older, two men– one from her childhood, and well-known village boy– take on prominent roles in her unconventional lifestyle. When one of these boys abandons her, Kyra finds comfort and belonging in the other. Unfortunately, no good avails from Kyra’s willingness to open up to these two men.
When a murder takes place, leaving one of the villagers left for dead, Kya is a prime suspect. Her unconventional lifestyle causes the village to turn against her, and pin the prolific crime on the young, outcast, girl.
Where The Crawdad Sing is a story of survival. It praises the powers of difference and independence. With beautifully lyrical prose and a compelling story, filled with unexpected twists and turns, it stands out as a book like no other. It defies genre as it defies expectations. Where The Crawdads Sing is an outstanding example of modern-day literature.
About Delia Owens
Delia Owens is an Idaho-based American author who has co-written three best-selling non-fiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa. Where The Crawdads Sing is her debut novel and has received critical acclaim and a devoted fan base of readers.
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