Blurb (as on Goodreads):
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.
“Autumn leaves don’t fall; they fly. They take their time and wander on this, their only chance to soar. Reflecting sunlight, they swirled and sailed and fluttered on the wind drafts.”
Kya or ‘The Marsh Girl’ is here to win your hearts. Abandoned by family and society, Kya raises herself from a very young age. She grows up in the marshes somewhere along the coast of Noth Carolina. She has attended school for exactly one day, but if she had to talk about nature, she would outwit the best biologists available.
Where the Crawdads Sing is a thriller set in a stunning and mysterious backdrop. A place which the protagonist knows like the back of her hand. Kya falls in love and craves for attention. She has abandonment issues as she is being constantly abandoned by everyone in his life. And amidst all of this comes a boy, who has dangerous motives. The story talks about love and loss in an enlightening sort of way.
The author has captured nature and emotions beautifully. The words made me fall in love with Kya and I had this intense desire to protect her from all harm and danger because she was a misunderstood soul, now and forever.
Capable of deeds
The mind cannot conceive.
The heart dictates as well as feels.
How else can you explain
The path I have taken,
That you have taken
The long way through this pass?”
The plot also has poems that compliment the events perfectly, making the story more fluid and poignant. The story also fed the biology and animal behavior lover in me and it was all a giant puzzle that fit perfectly. The pace might be a bit slow, but the plot was enjoyable nonetheless.
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