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Where the Crawdads Sing By Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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If you are a fan of Barbara Kingsolver or Celeste Ng, Where the Crawdads Sing is sure to delight with its rich descriptions of nature combined with a poignant tale of childhood, heartbreak, violence, survival, love, and death.
Barkley Cove is a peaceful town situated on the coast of North Carolina. When a young man is murdered here, all fingers point to Kya, the mysterious "Marsh Girl," who has survived alone in the marshland for many years.

Where the Crawdads Sing Summary

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Kya is a young girl who has lived a life of isolation and unbeknownst to the townspeople, she has secrets and desires of her own. When two of the young men from the town set out to discover more about her, her once solitary life begins to change dramatically.
This book is beautifully written with rich and arresting descriptions of wild nature, wild beauty, and wild hearts. It is both a mystery, a coming-of-age story, and a comment on the racial and social division that is painfully relevant today.
Author Delia Owens enjoyed 32 non-consecutive weeks on The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2019 and The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2020 for this novel.
You should read this book if…
  • You want to read a story centred around a surprising heroine whose journey takes many unexpected turns
  • You love books with vivid imagery and beautiful descriptions of the natural world
  • You enjoy unique mystery stories that are different to your usual read in this genre

Where the Crawdads Sing Reviews

A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature . . . Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child. And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wonders-and dangers-of her private world * New York Times Book Review *
Part murder-mystery, part coming-of-age novel, its evocation of the marshland and its inhabitants is as unforgettable as Kya herself. A story of loneliness, survival and love that's as engrossing as it is moving * Daily Mail *
For a debut the prose is impressively accomplished . . . A Hollywood film seems inevitable. Yet it will be hard to match on screen the delicacy of Owens's exploration of the natural world. Kya and her magical little world are a rare achievement * The Times *
Kya is a compelling character, Owen's descriptive prose is lushly impressive, and the twist in the narrative's tail is neat * Sunday Times Culture *
Owens combines high tension with precise detail about how people dress, sound, live and eat - the case studies in her book are both human and natural . . . Surprise bestsellers are often works that chime with the times. Though set in the 1950s and 60s, Where the Crawdads Sing is, in its treatment of racial and social division and the fragile complexities of nature, obviously relevant to contemporary politics and ecology. But these themes will reach a huge audience though the writer's old-fashioned talents for compelling character, plotting and landscape description * the Guardian *
For sheer escapism pick up Where The Crawdads Sing . . . there is writing that takes your breath away * The Times (separate review) *
All is not as it seems in this heartbreaking coming-of-age bestseller * The i newspaper *
An Amazon Best Book of August 2018: This novel has a mystery at its core, but it can be read on a variety of levels. There is great nature writing; there is coming of age; and there is literature. Crawdads is a story lovingly told-one that takes its time in developing its characters and setting, and in developing the story. You'll want to relax and take your time as well, and when you're done you will want to talk about it with another reader. * Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review *
Unsettling and tinged with sadness, yet astonishingly fresh, powerful and mesmerising - with a surprising ending that will haunt you. I couldn't put it down * The Lady *
The strength of the story comes from the sympathetic portrait of its heroine who cannot fail to captivate, right up until the surprising end * UK Press Association and Independent I *

About Delia Owens

Delia Owens is the co-author of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa including Cry of the Kalahari. She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, The African Journal of Ecology, and many others. She currently lives in Idaho. Where the Crawdads Sing is her first novel.

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Used - Very Good
Little, Brown Book Group
Winner of Pageturner of the Year at British Book Awards 2021 (UK) Short-listed for Indie Book Awards 2020 (UK)
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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