Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

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"Fans of Barbara Kingsolver will love this stunning debut novel from a New York Times bestselling nature writer, about an unforgettable young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina, and the two men that will break her isolation open. For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens. In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a heartbreaking coming of age story and a surprising murder investigation. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens's debut novel 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018]
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781984827616
1984827618
Branch Call Number: LP FIC Owens
Characteristics: 496 pages (large print) : map ; 24 cm.

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ZoeDennison
Oct 12, 2018

Interesting characters for some, stereotypes for the rest. Some lovely imagery, and shines when main character interacts with her environment. The 'romantic' bits are a little formulaic.
Overall worth reading.

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ulana2001
Oct 11, 2018

One of my favorite books of the year. The lyrical writing describing the NC coastal marsh and the wildlife plus a mystery with a real twist is a wonderful treat.

JCLGreggW Aug 16, 2018

This lush, immersive literary mystery about a child abandoned by her parents in the 1950s and raised in the North Carolina wilds is one of the best novels of 2018. A dead body drives the plot, but readers will love Kya Clark's story and Owen's descriptions of the wild, beautiful, and mysterious marshes of the North Carolina coast.

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