Just finished Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. And yes, it is so good that they are in production for the film. There is also a 6-month waiting list at the local library in…every county.
How long can you protect your heart?
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 Karen Russell, 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. (From the publisher.)From the publisher
What I loved about the book:
- Marsh, swamp, boats – my every essence
- Nature – learning about the behavior patterns of the main animal characters (I think the author is very well-researched in this category)
- Themes of isolation, abandonment, love, estrangement from society
- The very real pain of Ms. Katherine Clark, the main protagonist
Reading this book, I felt like I was the main character. I relate to a lot of her pain, but have never experienced some of those hardships. The book is written so that you get to be her. And she is still wonderful despite all her flaws, all her bad luck. I promise you, this book is going down in history as one of the most effective.
I could not put the book down. I needed a drink after reading. I am still thinking about it. I loved this book.