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Where the Crawdads Sing
Toby Neal's review
May 14, 2019
I read Delia Owens fabulous literary suspense historical novel for my book club. I loved the skillful and lyrical prose, first of all. Owens paints with words in exquisite scenes that remind me of Japanese calligraphy, so clear, precise and beautiful were they. But this book wasn't just a haunting portrait of a unique and resilient young woman who raises herself and lives wild in the marsh...from the beginning, a tension draws the narrative forward as we discover a body, and an advancing timeline that's slowly but surely, escalating events of the story to a climax. This keeps the pressure on and sets this book apart from a more prosaic historical fiction novel. Thematically, I loved that the story exalted art, self-sufficiency and self-education and a passion for nature, all values I personally share. I experienced "the path less traveled" in a unique place the likes of which I've never seen or experienced...but feel I know, now. Where the Crawdads Sing is an extraordinary work that holds up to the hype.
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May 14, 2019 – Shelved