Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing

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, whe...


Details Where the Crawdads Sing

TitleWhere the Crawdads Sing
ISBN9780735219090
Author
Release DateAug 14th, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Rating

Reviews Where the Crawdads Sing

  • Angela M
    1970-01-01
    4.5 stars rounded up .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....
  • Diane S ☔
    1970-01-01
    MEMORABLE CHARACTERS AND MEMORABLE STORY. For me to rate a book five stars it has to give me something bout of the ordinary, make me feel. Most of all it has to be a book or contain a character or characters that I won't forget. Above all it has to make me feel. This book did all three. Kya, aka Catherine Clark, the Marsh girl is an unforgettable character, abandoned by her mother at she six, her siblings shortly after. By ten she was alone in th...
  • Book of Secrets
    1970-01-01
    Here we have it, my favorite book of 2018! I think this one will be hard to top. Amazing!!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...
  • Katie B
    1970-01-01
    Pretty close to the beginning I felt an emotional attachment to the main character, Kya Clark aka Marsh Girl. It was hard not to given her mother left when she was a little girl, followed by her siblings and her father basically left her to fend for herself. I couldn't help but want to give the poor girl a hug. The author does an amazing job of painting a picture of the North Carolina marsh area where Kya lives. The story switches back and forth ...
  • Cheri
    1970-01-01
    ” Dark and silent, late last night,I think I might have heard the highway callAnd geese in flight and dogs that biteThe signs that might be omens sayI'm goin', I'm goin'I'm gone to Carolina in my mind“With a holy host of others standin' around meStill I'm on the dark side of the moonAnd it seems like it goes on like this foreverYou must forgive me, if I'm up and gone toCarolina in my mind” -- Carolina In My Mind, James Taylor, Songwriters: ...
  • Faith
    1970-01-01
    Where the crawdads sing is the place "far in the bush where critters are wild, still behaving like critters". That is where Catherine Danielle (Kya) Clark lived all of her life. Her father brought the family to the marshland 4 miles from Barkley Cove, North Carolina after he was wounded in WWII. He was bitter, depressed, reclusive and mean. Finally, Kya's mother couldn't take it any more and in 1952 when Kya was 6 her mother left and never return...
  • Esil
    1970-01-01
    A high 4 starsWhere the Crawdads Sing was beautiful, sad and somewhat joyful. Set in the 1950s and 1960s in the marshlands of North Carolina, the story focuses on Kya, who at age 6 is essentially abandoned in a shack by her whole family. Somehow, with very little help, she manages to raise herself, surviving on her love for and deep understanding of the natural world. In parallel, the story focuses on a murder that takes place in 1969. Slowly, Ky...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    1970-01-01
    Moving between the 1950's and late 1960's, Delia Owens spins the tales of a sensitive young girl left alone to fend for herself in the marshland of coastal North Carolina and the death of local golden boy Chase Andrews until they intertwine.Six year old Kya Clark heard her mother leave the shack at the edge of the marsh.  She watched as she walked away in her fake alligator shoes, train case in hand and failed to turn at the end of the lane to w...
  • Jillian Doherty
    1970-01-01
    This slow burning and compulsive read, it’s under your skin and stays with you. Kya, the abandoned and self driven young protagonist, pushes forward from sheer determination to survive. Her story is timeless.Owens creates a fully immersive setting and story; a sensory experience. This book makes you feel, smell, and taste the marsh deep, set in North Carolina’s unspoiled coast line. As we follow this unforgettable heroine fight her own emotio...
  • Hannah Grace || BookNerdNative
    1970-01-01
    Thank you so much @putnambooks #partner for gifting me a copy of this book for review.•••“Kya stood and walked into the night, into the creamy light of a three-quarter moon. Soft air fell silklike around her shoulders. The moonlight chose an unexpected path through the pines, laying shadows about in rhymes. She strolled like a sleepwalker as the moon pulled herself naked from the waters and climbed limb by limb through the oaks....she dan...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    1970-01-01
    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/'Kya lay her hand upon the breathing, wet earth, and the marsh became her mother.'Kya Clark is a strange creature in her home town on the North Carolina Coast. Once a lost little girl, abandoned by every one she ever loved, forced to care for her abusive father, discarded, abandoned by her mother and siblings run off one by one by her father, she merged with the marsh, the only mother she has lef...
  • Beth Loflin
    1970-01-01
    Oh how I loved this book, I received this as an early release. This book is about a girl that was basically abandoned by everyone. She raised herself with the help of some great characters. She is labeled as the Swamp Girl and no one truly knows how smart and beautiful she is because they never give her a chance. She falls in love with a boy that helps her, but leaves her as well. Then she meets and has a relationship with another that basically ...
  • Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
    1970-01-01
    Full review to come.
  • Linda Zagon
    1970-01-01
    “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens is an intriguing, unique and captivating coming of age story. Delia Owens poetically and vividly describes the Marsh life and landscape in North Carolina. The Genres for this story are Fiction, Mystery, and Young Adult.The author describes her characters as complicated and complex. Kya Clark was abandoned by her family and was known by the people in town as “The Marsh Girl”. Somehow Kya was able to...
  • Lindsay Ferrier
    1970-01-01
    I had heard this novel was good, so I requested and received an ARC from NetGalley. I was not expecting it to be one of the best books I've read in a long time! I can't recommend this one enough.Where the Crawdads Sing is a romance. A murder mystery. A coming-of-age tale. A paean to the low country marshes of North Carolina. It drew me in from the very first page, captured my senses with its lyrical, spot-on descriptions of the boggy swamp and ma...
  • Linda Zagon
    1970-01-01
    “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens is an intriguing, unique and captivating coming of age story. Delia Owens poetically and vividly describes the Marsh life and landscape in North Carolina. The Genres for this story are Fiction, Mystery, and Young Adult.The author describes her characters as complicated and complex. Kya Clark was abandoned by her family and was known by the people in town as “The Marsh Girl”. Somehow Kya was able to...
  • Lou
    1970-01-01
    A memorable character in a poignant tale.Catherine Danielle Clark is one of self reliance and beauty, a strong female character, a misfit with grit.Amongst the drunkenness and violence of her pa hitting out at ma and her and siblings, in time, she would be left to live alone to her own devices and fate, this tale follows her metamorphosis.Answers and truths to be known to mysteries and a ballad of love in hand will captivate till the end.She is a...
  • Morgan Tallman
    1970-01-01
    This might end up being one of my favorite books of the year! There were so many twists and turns throughout the book. I felt moved, I felt empowered. I connected to Kya, and I urged her to fight through each of her struggles. I finished this book in stunned silence, because really -- I did not see all this coming. This is one I'll be buying a paper copy of in August, and seriously, read it. Open your heart to the Marsh Girl and read this amazing...
  • Linda Quinn
    1970-01-01
    Beautifully written, A story of survival, of abandonment and betrayal, with one of the strongest characters I’ve seen in a long time. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year and one I will happily recommend to everyone.
  • Lovey Dovey Books
    1970-01-01
    Where the Crowdads Sing is going to be one of those stories that I never forget. It was so much more than I was expecting and so beautifully written. Delia Owens fully drew me into the story and I was absolutely captivated by Kya. Her trials and triumphs came to mean so much to me, almost as if I were reading the history of a real person. At first I didn't pay much attention to the setting, but when Kya started exploring the marsh and spent the m...
  • Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
    1970-01-01
    I received a free e-ARC through First to Read from the publishers at Penguin Random House. Next time I want to read Karen Russell, I’m just going to reread a Karen Russell book instead of settling for something a publicist claims is “like” Karen Russell. Other than the fact that they’re both atmospheric and take place in a swamp, they have little in common. There’s a strangeness to Russell’s fiction, a handful of things that are not-q...
  • Carrie
    1970-01-01
    3.5 starsThanks to the first to read program for a digital ARC of this book to read and review. This book was outside my typical reading genre so I wasn't sure how I would feel about it. With that said, I had mixed feelings about it. Kya Clark lives in a marsh. Her father is an abusive alcoholic and her home life is rough. Over time, her mother and all of her siblings abandon her, leaving her alone with her dad. At times, he is good to her. Event...
  • Kim McGee
    1970-01-01
    Kya was pretty much on her own from age 6. She watched her mom walk down the path and each brother and sister until she was left alone with Pa, who when he wasn't drunk and beating her, was gone for extended periods. Kya learned to fend for herself and stay clear of those people who only ridiculed her or would take her away from her beloved marsh home. Those few she did trust were limited to a kindly gas dealer and his wife and a kind boy who saw...
  • Katee
    1970-01-01
    Kya is known by locals at the Marsh Girl because she lives in the marshy swamp area that surrounds the town. She has become a legend and is looked down at by the adults in town because of where she comes from. Throughout this story you see Kya as the seven-year-old with an abusive, alcoholic father who's mother left her one day to let her and her brother Jodie fend for themselves with their father. By the time she is nine, Kya is completely left ...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    "When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens."This slow and steady escape in to the marshlands of the North Carolina coast in the 1960s is indulgent and memorizing. Owens takes you on two adventures: one is trying to solve the murder of a young man whose body was found at the bottom of a fire tower with no clues on how he died. The other is the life of Kya Clark...
  • Cindy Wilkerson
    1970-01-01
    maybe 4.5 starsI instantaneously fell in love with Kya.She burrowed a place in my heart and didn’t leave.Owens does such an amazing job at making the marsh its own character. Through the setting, you really get a sense of Kya’s loneliness and isolation.This was part coming of age story, part love story (the perfect amount of angst), and part mystery. There were so many moments where I was tearing up because I felt everything Kya felt. I reall...
  • Phyllis
    1970-01-01
    Where the Crawdads Sing” is a beautifully crafted story of Kya who is abandoned by family at a very early age, harassed by villagers, and takes solace from her marshland home and the creatures that live there. Despite all odds, she overcomes her neglect with determination and, with her innate intelligence and her curiosity of everything in the marsh, she becomes an extraordinary young woman. As an adult, she brings the beauty and her knowledge ...
  • Laura Hundley
    1970-01-01
    Delia Owens book Where the Crawdads Sing is about a young girl named Kya who has been given the name Marsh girl, is accused of murder. At a young age her mother left her without even saying goodbye. It is hard not to root for Kya in this book. The character is easy to believe and the concept of the story is a great one. Delia Owens does a great job of pulling you the reader into the story and you have a hard time putting it down. I know that noth...
  • Anna
    1970-01-01
    *I won an early copy of Where The Crawdads Sing in a Goodreads giveaway.* Full review below.This book is breathtaking! Delia Owens caught my attention in the first chapter and never let it go. It's a beautifully heartbreaking story, rich with details about life in the marsh of North Carolina. Kya Clark, known as the "Marsh Girl" is misunderstood by folks in town, near where she lives. Only a few people are able to break through and get to know he...