Where the Crawdads Sing (Large Print / Paperback)

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Where the Crawdads Sing was originally published in 2018. It was on the bestseller list for over a year.  The book was very popular with both women and men because of Owens' universal themes.  The book takes place beginning in the 1960s, in a small North Carolina coastal town named Barkley Cove.  The central character is named Kya Clark.  Because she lives alone in a marsh, the town's people call her Marsh Girl.     

Maybe you have already seen the trailers for the soon to be released movie of the book.  The trailers I've seen are about a murder mystery and a trial in a marsh land.  There is so much more in the book.  It is a story of a very young Kya who is abandoned. by her mother who is fleeing an abusive and drunkard husband.   Kya's older siblings have already left the home, leaving six-year old Kya with their father, in a shack, in the North Carolina swamplands..  She cleans and cooks for her often absent father. Eventually, he doesn't return at all and she is left alone to raise herself.  

Kya fishes for food and starts catching mussels and sells them to the local black family who run a fishing and supply store.  The man's name is  Jumpin'.  He and his wife help Kya with supplies, food, and some clothing from their church.   As Kya  gets older she become skilled at using her Pa's old boat and navigating the marsh waterways.  She observes the fish, birds and other wildlife in the marsh.  She  becomes a wildlife artist.  When Kya is a teen, she meets a local boy called Tate.  They become close and a sweet romance develops.  When Tate leaves for college, Kya waits for him. He doesn't come back.  Eventually, Kya meets and has an affair with a wealthy young man  named Chase who betrays her and breaks her heart.

Chase is killed by an unknown person and Kyra is arrested for the crime.  Kya is acquitted of the crime and eventually becomes a published nature artist with seven books to her name.  With her proceeds, she has her shack remodeled.and made livable.   Kya finds love and lives out a happy life in her beautiful marsh. There is a murder and a trial, but that is a small part of the book.  The main theme is Kya's coming of age story and her love of nature.   I hope the movie is as wonderful as Owen's book and that we get to see the beautiful natural setting that her book is filled with.

— Sue Domis

August 2018 Indie Next List

Where the Crawdads Sing is a stunning and beautiful novel that readers will want to simultaneously savor and devour with every luxurious word. You’ll hear the gulls cry on the beach through these pages, you’ll see the light flickering through the marsh trees, you’ll smell the homemade grits sizzling on the stovetop. Your heart will ache for the lonely marsh girl and your wheels will start turning when a body is discovered, but you’ll never regret reading this gorgeous novel.”
— Amanda Zirn, Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE


More than 15 million copies sold worldwide
A Reese’s Book Club Pick
A Business Insider Defining Book of the Decade 

“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 Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life—until the unthinkable happens.

Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens 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.

About the Author

Delia Owens is the coauthor of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa. She holds a BS in Zoology from the University of Georgia and a PhD in Animal Behavior from the University of California at Davis. She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, The African Journal of Ecology, and International Wildlife, among many others. She lives in the mountains of North Carolina. Where the Crawdads Sing is her first novel.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781984827616
ISBN-10: 1984827618
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Publication Date: August 14th, 2018
Pages: 496
Language: English