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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing (2018)

by Delia Owens

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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.… (more)
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  chapterthree | May 28, 2020 |
This is a story that really tugged at my heartstrings. When I was younger I used to dream about running away to be a hermit in some wilderness. Kya's story shows the downside of being a loner, unchosen. But it also shows her life force pushing past obstacles and taking joy in natue. I cried again at Emily Dickinson's poem when Kya sets aside her longing.
A few little quibbles (e.g. would a child raised on corn grits really grow to be tall strong & beautiful? wouldn't her poor nutrition result in meagre appearance?) ( )
  juniperSun | May 28, 2020 |
What a stunning book. Very often description of surroundings is filler or just for establishment of background for the character. In this book it was vital and part of the meat of the book. I wasn't sure I'd like this but it was highly recommended and as I read II loved it. The main character was unique and the book was spell-binding. Terrific. ( )
  phyllis2779 | May 26, 2020 |
My review of this book can be found on my Youtube Vlog at:


Enjoy! ( )
  booklover3258 | May 23, 2020 |
Woven into the path of Louisana history, this is a beautiful tale of the life of this young woman and what she endures. Heartache, abandonment, treachery, and the accusation of murder all play out in this Louisana swamp that I could never have believed was as beautiful as seen through the eyes of this young girl. Beautifully told, and heartwarming story. ( )
1 vote Bauernfeind | May 19, 2020 |
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Owens, Deliaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, CassandraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cavanaugh, MeighanDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kim, NACover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Gelder, Mariëttesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Amanda, Margaret, and Barbara

Here’s to’d ya
If I never see’d ya
I never knowed ya.
I see’d ya
I knowed ya
I loved ya,
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Marsh is not swamp.
Crows can't keep secrets any better than mud; once they see something curious in the forest they have to tell everybody.
"There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot."
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For years, rumors of the Marsh Girl have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.
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