Where the Crawdads Sing (Paperback)Delia Owens (author)
Character-driven and with an impeccable sense of place and time, Owens's remarkable debut bubbles over with the melting-pot tension of a community beset by tragedy and shaped by the landscape that surrounds it.
Winner of the British Book Awards Pageturner Book of the Year 2021
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.
Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Celeste Ng, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens 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.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 126 x 195 x 27 mm
'I can't even express how much I love this book! I didn't want this story to end!' - Reese Witherspoon
'A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature ... Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child. And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wonders-and dangers-of her private world' - The New York Times Book Review
'Part murder-mystery, part coming-of-age novel, its evocation of the marshland and its inhabitants is as unforgettable as Kya herself. A story of loneliness, survival and love that's as engrossing as it is moving' - The Daily Mail
'For a debut the prose is impressively accomplished ... A Hollywood film seems inevitable. Yet it will be hard to match on screen the delicacy of Owens's exploration of the natural world. Kya and her magical little world are a rare achievement' - The Times
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“This book will leave sand in your sheets”
3 1/2 rounded down. The first half of this book was glorious, I never wanted it to end. It reminded me of “the girl of the limberlost” but wilder. The descriptions of the marsh and Kya are so rich that you feel water... More
“Beautiful and inspiring”
Wow. That’s really all I can say right now. The praise that has been heaped on Owens’ book is extremely deserved. It’s so different from other books of its type.
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