Where the Crawdads Sing is a novel by Delia Owens where survival and nature form a beautiful bond in Kya Clark’s life.
Blurb: Where the Crawdads Sing
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.
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.
To be honest, it took a while for me to enjoy this book. It came highly recommended by the Bookstagram community and I honestly wanted to know what all the fuss was about! Fortunately, a few days into the book, all of a sudden I couldn’t put it down. I was even taking the book to work with me, so if I was waiting for a client, I could sneak a few chapters before they arrived!
Kya has to be one of the strongest characters I’ve ever read. A young girl, abandoned by her unstable mother, her siblings and finally by her alcoholic father. Left alone to fend for herself in a marsh with only 6 years old is no joke. She had to dig mussels and smoke fish in order to be able to buy gas and food. Obviously, we’re talking about the 1950’s which means that she was awfully rejected by the rest of the town, since she was considered Marsh trash.
The only people who showed her kindness were Jumpin’, a black man who supplied gas to many boats, his wife Mabel and Tate. An honest boy grieving his mother and sister, who finds solace in teaching the so called marsh girl to read. He also opens the world of Biology to her, making her an expert in all the species surrounding them.
Tate was one of my favorite characters, because he was not afraid of reaching out to Kya and offer his help. He did make mistakes along the way, but his love for her was unconditional. You can tell from his relationship with his father, how good hearted he is.
Unfortunately, we also have to deal with Chase Andrews, a closeted bully who takes advantage of Kya’s innocence in every way. At first, I honestly believed he fell in love with Kya but he was just too much of a coward to introduce her in his social circle. However, later on, I concluded he was a psychopath who only cared about himself.
I don’t want to give you guys more spoilers, but trust me when I say this book is amazing. I can’t wait for the upcoming movie, featuring Daisy Edgar-Jones!
Read my review on The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi, for another Reese’s Book Club pick!