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Barkley Cove is a little fishing community that has been plagued by rumours of the “Marsh Girl” for years. Unfit for civilised society, Kya Clark walks around barefoot and in the wild. As a result, when the body of the well-liked Chase Andrews was discovered in late 1969, she was immediately suspected.
Yet Kya is not like they claim she is. With only one day of formal education under her belt, this self-proclaimed “born naturalist” learns the truth about the universe via the deceptive signs of fireflies. While she has the resources to remain alone indefinitely, there will come a moment when she will crave the affection of another human being. Kya allows herself to be drawn into a new and shocking world when she meets two young men from town who are both captivated by her untamed beauty.
Owens combines a gorgeous homage to nature with a poignant coming-of-age story and a compelling mystery in Where the Crawdads Sing. Owens’ first novel is thought-provoking, sage, and profoundly touching; it reminds us that the kid within us remains a constant influence, and that we are also vulnerable to the beautiful and violent mysteries that nature conceals.
The novel explores how being alone can affect the actions of a young lady who, like all of us, has a hardwired need to feel like she belongs somewhere. The mystery’s hints are painted into the rich background of the animals’ natural lives.
About The Author Delia Owens
Delia Owens has written about her experiences as a wildlife biologist in Africa in three nonfiction books, all of which have become international bestsellers: Cry of the Kalahari, The Eye of the Elephant, and Secrets of the Savanna. She has been featured in a wide variety of publications, including Nature, the African Journal of Ecology, and International Wildlife, where she was awarded the John Burroughs Prize for Nature Writing. She has moved to Idaho but will not stop advocating for the people and animals of Zambia. Her debut novel is called Where the Crawdads Sing.
Where the Crawdads Sing Book Summary
Kya, a young girl, is the protagonist of this tale. She is an orphan who lives in the North Carolina marshlands. The author, who is fluent in non-fiction and has extensive experience with nature, writes with lovely prose and effectively conveys the wonders of the natural world. Kya develops relationships with various people during her life, including two local young men.
Kya is a prime suspect in the murder of local teen Chase Andrews. She did it, right? Why did this occur?
So many themes are explored in this book, including social status, providing meaningful “help,” passing judgement on others, defining love and family, and appreciating the value of human connection.
This book has a lot of universal themes. The experience of being an outsider is a universal one. Kya had the good fortune to meet some folks who genuinely cared about her in this book. The author also discusses Kya’s anxiety. Nothing unusual here. Unfortunately, fear is a common emotion in women. Constantly assessing our surroundings. Constant warnings not to venture out after dark. Stay in a group at all times. This book, if nothing else, serves as a sobering reminder of how little has changed in the past half century. Men still routinely assault their female partners, and victims’ attempts to seek justice often fail. Wow, what a novel! The acclaim was well merited. However, the last two pages of the book really turned me off. The story’s conclusion felt abrupt to me.