Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

eBook - 2018
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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"--
Publisher: [S.l.] : Penguin Publishing Group, 2018
ISBN: 9780735219113
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library

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_McGeek_ May 22, 2019

Read this book in 24 hours which I haven't done in a very long time. So many great things happening here: the setting, the mystery, the knowledge of the land and nature, the characters, and of course a gripping story beautifully written. I'd highly recommend this one.

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marywestcott_1
May 21, 2019

wonderful book Story about a young girl being left alone to survive for years alone. When two young men become intrigued , she opens up only to be hurt from both. Tate she has known since young, he taught her to read, but he left for college. Then she met Chase who wowed her by saying he would marry her, then became engaged to a local. Never had any intention of marring her. But convinced her to sleep with him. Tate came back and wanted her back. But Chase was found dead in the river. Kya was arrested and brought to trial. She was found not guilty because of an alibi that she was out of town. Tate and her did reunite and spent their days in the marsh where she updated her cabin with money that she received of her nature books. When she died, Tate found the necklace that Chase had wore, she had given her. She did kill him!!!!!

IndyPL_KateF May 20, 2019

This one was definitely worth waiting for. A page turner from beginning to end, and I am ready to read it again just because it was such a wonderful experience to read the beautiful portrayal of the marshes and the development of the main character as she grew up on her own there. I believe this would be a wonderful read for anyone, regardless of reading preferences.

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central103
May 18, 2019

Wonderful - loved it and hated to finish the story.

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Amyode2
May 17, 2019

Wow. Awesome read. Worth the wait.

Hazelnut May 13, 2019

A love story and murder mystery for nature lovers. This book came highly recommended but sometimes when I expect too much I am disappointed. I started the book on Thursday night and finished on Sunday. It did not disappoint.
A great story about love, trust, abandonment and belonging, of the mercilessness of human nature.
Kya left alone as a child in the swamp is a survivor. She overcomes the odds with little help from outsiders.
It is a book about girl power and never giving up.
I highly recommend this book.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW May 12, 2019

I resisted reading this for a long time, despite all the lavish praise that has been heaped upon it, because it seemed to be decidedly Not My Thing. But I am so glad I finally gave this a try -- it left me so profoundly moved that I don't think I can give it anything less than five stars, despite a few quibbles I had at various points in the book. The writing is incredibly beautiful -- Owens brings the marshland of eastern NC vividly to life -- and it's impressive that this book is essentially trying to be multiple stories at once, and it succeeds wildly at all of them. It's a mystery, but also a coming of age story, but also a sort of meditation on nature and humans' relationship with it, and I loved almost everything about it. I was in tears when I finished reading this, and can't recommend it highly enough.

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Christine55416
May 08, 2019

I read this for a book club and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked how there were constant parallels between the lead character Kya's life and the natural world for different parts of Kya's story. Definitely put yourself on the waiting list for this one, the story is popular because it's so good, worth the wait!

LPL_ShirleyB May 06, 2019

A highly-compelling & romantic historical murder mystery, set in wilderness marsh in North Carolina in the civil rights challenges of the 1950s-1960s. Eventually, there may be a movie based on this atmospheric story!
This popular book is worth waiting on the holds list!
In the meantime, try these related reads:
• Beloved by Toni Morrison
• Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
• Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes
• Norwegian wood by Haruki Murakami
• Sudden Country by Karen Fisher
• West With the Night by Beryl Markham
• Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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BeckyR21
May 06, 2019

What a book! It was a little bit slow off the start, but then became the kind of book that had me awake late at night, and up early to keep reading. Kya is an absolutely amazing character, and you will be cheering for her throughout. Two strong parallel storylines that entwine near the end with a mystery that keeps the pages turning. I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book. It's going to take me several days to be able to start a new book.

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