Where the Crawdads Sing
#1 New York Times Bestseller
A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick
"I can't even express how much I love this book! I didn't want this story to end!" Reese Witherspoon
"Painfully beautiful." The New York Times Book Review
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
Can I just say that I loved everything about this book and leave it at that!?!
Where the Crawdads Sing is a story of resiliency, survival, hope, love, loss, loneliness, desperation, prejudice, determination and strength. This book goes back and forth in time to tell the story of Kya Clark a.k.a. the Marsh girl. She lives on the outskirts of town, in the Marsh, and the locals look down their noses at her, she is judged, ridiculed and bullied. But there are those who show her kind ...more
WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING is a gentle yet symbolic depiction of the valiant survival of Kya Clark—a reclusive young girl who has been abandoned by her parents, siblings, school system, the entire town surrounding her, and what ultimately feels like life itself.
Mother Nature has literally become Kya’s caretaker, and deep in a lonely Marsh along the North Carolina coast is where Kya will not only hide, but blossom into a primal independent being, coaxed inside the loyal embrace of ...more
A story of survival, of what the depth of loneliness feels like when a young girl is abandoned first by her mother, then her four siblings. Even at five Kya understands why they left - because of her father, because of his meanness, his abuse, his drinking. What she doesn’t understand is why they left her behind and neither could I. She remains pretty much alone since her father comes and goes until he doesn’t come back. It was gutting as she sits on the beach with the gull ...more
A nice fiction debut for Owens; just not my cuppa.
there is a reason this book has become so sought after, and it feels like a privilege to have experienced it. this is one of the most memorable coming-of-age stories i have read in quite some time. it is a story that proves the growth of a person and the cultivation of ...more
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When Kya Clark is 6 years old, she watches as her mother walks away from her, seemingly without a second thought. With the departure of their matriarch, the Clark family slowly but surely vanishes into the marsh that will become the only family Kya will ever know. Her siblings leave shortly after her mother, leaving Kya alone with her father who ne ...more
Oh how beautifully mesmerizing this book is. I’ve moved this book to the #1 spot in my list of favorite books of 2018. Thanks to my Goodreads friends Angela and Diane for bringing this book to my attention :)
This 5* book is masterfully written, with outstanding character development. That alone would be a great book but there is much more. There is a love story and mystery woven thro ...more
Cassandra Campbell ....
Listening to this book was a ‘fantastic’ choice!!!
I plan to buy the physical book, too.
I want to re-read many of the sentences - see them in written book form...and own a book by Delia Owens. She’s a one-of-a-kind-author!!!
This book could easily become a modern classic!
The prose is so outstanding — gorgeous—
that the smells and visuals of the wildlife — made me feel as if I was there too.
— a world with no walls—
birds, nests, wate ...more
One part mystery, one part legal drama, one part coming of age story, and one part love story- equals a full heartrending poignant tale that will leave you gasping for air.
Barkley Cove, North Carolina- 1969
Kya Clark- aka- “The Marsh Girl’ has been abandoned, one by one, by every single person in her life. She lives by the seat of her pants, in a shack, eluding everyone, except a friend of her brother’s named, Tate. ...more
So before I start off with my review there is something that I must confess to. While reading this novel there was always this niggling annoyance in the forefront of my mind telling me that I wasn’t connecting with the third person narrative here. I am not exactly sure what it was for me but that really bothered me that I wasn’t able to give this story my whole heart. Regardless of not connecting with the third person narrative I thought this story and the word ...more
I am super excited to share this review with you because the book is on my favorites list for this year. The writing is lovely, and the storytelling is brilliant.
Barclay Cove is a quiet place along the North Carolina coast. I tried to imagine this setting and time period, as someone familiar with the area, and I could not quite fit where it was in reality; however, using the author’s extraordinary gift for description without being overly fl ...more
I can’t get over how perfect this book is. The writing grabbed me from literally the first page and kept me entranced. And the story! How can your heart not help but ache for Kya? First her mother leaves, then her siblings, even her ne’er do well father. Left to her own devices by the entire town, she survives without schooling or any aid. The preacher’s wife calls her white trash and hurries her child away from Kya convinced she carries disease.
The marsh is a character in its own right. Owens ...more
In the marsh land, near the North Carolina coast, the youngest child of a big, poor family is first left by her mother, her brother and later her father...she is such a little girl and left to fend for herself.... so heartbreaking!
This story lets us follow her entire life, a life that is mostly very lonely.
Part coming of age story, part love story, part mystery...these characters will really pull you in!
I just loved it!!
Thank you to Netgalley and G.P ...more
This is the story of Kya, a ‘marsh girl’ who grows up isolated from society. Abandoned by her mother at the tender age of six, Kya is left vulnerable and constantly awaiting her return. At the age of ten, Kya is deserted by the rest of her family, leaving her completely alone to fend for herself in the wild and unruly marsh. There are a few characters that enter Kya’s life, each having a direct impact on her devel ...more
Wow.... many recommended this book already and I would recommend it too.
As usual, for those who me... more to follow! Now it's time for bed and work tomorrow, CU here online soon :-)
As night fell, Tate walked back toward the shack. But when he reached the lagoon, he stopped under the deep canopy and watched h ...more
While there is a little bit of the girl-against-the-world thing, I needn't have worried. This book is heartfelt, warm, and endearing, and utterly deserving of t ...more
I think I might have heard the highway call
And geese in flight and dogs that bite
The signs that might be omens say
I'm goin', I'm goin'
I'm gone to Carolina in my mind
“With a holy host of others standin' around me
Still I'm on the dark side of the moon
And it seems like it goes on like this forever
You must forgive me, if I'm up and gone to
Carolina in my mind”
-- Carolina In My Mind, James Taylor, Songwriters: James Taylor
”The morning burned so August-hot, the mars ...more
This had me singing just like the crawdads do.
A compelling coming of age story of a 7 year old girl, Kya, who grows up in a marsh in North Carolina. Abandoned and alone, as one by one, her mama, siblings and finally her dead beat dad, leave. Yet somehow, she survives and lives symbiotically with nature.
And while she is anything but wild, taught by a fish catching boy how to read and write, the towns folk believe she is a marsh girl; pret ...more
Yes, I'm aware that I'm sharing the very same quote that my bestie used for this book. But if a quote ever applied to a book...it's that one for this book.
The story follows the "Swamp girl" or Kya throughout her life. And her life is not a pretty one. She was a very young girl when her abused mother had all she could stand one day and walked down the lane from their shack that last time. Left with her abusi ...more
A swamp and a marsh are very different environments. A marsh is a thriving and nurturing place, and it's there, along the North Carolina coast, that Kya lived and survived after being abandoned by her family as a young girl. Kya spent her days alone, observing the surrounding natural world, and it served her well.
Though she loved her marsh dearly, sometimes the loneliness was too much, especially as she gr ...more
I finally got around to reading this uber popular book from last year. I really wasn't sure if this would be for me, but I ended up loving it, regardless of a few things that distracted me and parts I thought were highly improbable.
Although there is a LOT going on in this one, I found it easy to follow. I was very emotionally invested in Kya's story and had a few theories about what would become of her ~ All were wrong!
Loved the blend of mystery, murder, wilderness, nature ...more
A Haunting Tale of Resilience, Strength and Survival.
The soul aches with the hardship and loneliness that permeates throughout much of “Where the Crawdads Sing.” If you’ve ever known what it feels like to be truly alone, this is a novel that will tear at you.
Kya Clark is 7 years old when she is abandoned by every single member of her family, including her mother, thus becoming known as “The Marsh Girl.” Living in Barkley Cove, North Carolina, she learns to fend for herself in the wilde ...more
This is a very special book about a girl named Catherine Danielle Clark (known as Kya) who lived in a shack in the Marsh lands of North Carolina. The story begins in 1952 when at the tender age of six, Kya's mom walked out of her life, never turning her head back to wave goodbye. As the days passed, her older siblings gradually left as well, leaving Kya alone to deal with her volatile father. Pa would leave t ...more