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Where the Crawdads Sing

Product Details

  • Series: (Where the Crawdads Sing)(0735219095)(0)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Later Printing edition (August 14, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735219095
  • ISBN-13: 90
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

Review An Amazon Best Book of August 2018: Although this is Delia
Owens’ first novel, she long ago distinguished herself as a gifted writer. In
the mid-80s, Owens co-wrote with her husband Cry of the Kalahari, which was a
best-selling, nonfictional account of traveling and researching Africa’s
Kalahari Desert. One of the joys of that book was the Owens’ description of
the natural world, and Where the Crawdads Sing is immersed in the natural
world as well. The story is set in the 1950s and revolves around a young woman
named Kya Clark, who is from extremely rural North Carolina. Known by others
as the Marsh Girl, she lives alone in nature—but the draw of other people, and
specifically love, brings her into contact with the greater world. 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 Read more Review “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.”—The New York Times Book
Review“Steeped in the rhythms and shadows of the coastal marshes of North
Carolina’s Outer Banks, this fierce and hauntingly beautiful novel centers
on…Kya’s heartbreaking story of learning to trust human connections,
intertwine[d] with a gripping murder mystery, revealing savage truths. An
astonishing debut.”—People“This lush mystery is perfect for fans of Barbara
Kingsolver.”—Bustle“A lush debut novel, Owens delivers her mystery wrapped in
gorgeous, lyrical prose. It’s clear she’s from this place—the land of the
southern coasts, but also the emotional terrain—you can feel it in the pages.
A magnificent achievement, ambitious, credible and very timely.”—Alexandra
Fuller, New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs
Tonight“Heart-wrenching…A fresh exploration of isolation and nature from a
female perspective along with a compelling love story.”—Entertainment
Weekly“This wonderful novel has a bit of everything—mystery, romance, and
fascinating characters, all told in a story that takes place in North
Carolina.”—Nicholas Sparks, New York Times bestselling author of Every
Breath“Delia Owen’s gorgeous novel is both a coming-of-age tale and an
engrossing whodunit.”—Real Simple“Evocative…Kya makes for an unforgettable
heroine.”—Publishers Weekly“The New Southern novel…A lyrical
debut.”—Southern Living“A nature-infused romance with a killer
twist.”—Refinery29“Anyone who liked The Great Alone will want to read Where
the Crawdads Sing….This astonishing debut is a beautiful and haunting novel
that packs a powerful punch. It’s the first novel in a long time that made me
cry.”—Kristin Hannah, author of The Great Alone and The Nightingale “Both a
coming-of-age story and a mysterious account of a murder investigation told
from the perspective of a young girl…Through Kya’s story, Owens explores how
isolation affects human behavior, and the deep effect that rejection can have
on our lives.”—Vanity Fair“Lyrical…Its appeal ris[es] from Kya’s deep
connection to the place where makes her home, and to all of its
creatures.”—Booklist“This beautiful, evocative novel is likely to stay with
you for many days afterward….absorbing.”—AARP “Compelling, original…A
mystery, a courtroom drama, a romance and a coming-of-age story, Where the
Crawdads Sing is a moving, beautiful tale. Readers will remember Kya for a
long, long time.”—ShelfAwareness“With prose luminous as a low-country moon,
Owens weaves a compelling tale of a forgotten girl in the unforgiving coastal
marshes of North Carolina. It is a murder mystery/love story/courtroom drama
that readers will love, but the novel delves so much deeper into the bone and
sinew of our very nature, asking often unanswerable questions, old and
intractable as the marsh itself. A stunning debut!”—Christopher Scotton,
author of The Secret Wisdom of the Earth“A compelling mystery with prose so
luminous it can cut through the murkiest of pluff mud.”—Augusta
Chronicle“Carries the rhythm of an old time ballad. It is clear Owens knows
this land intimately, from the black mud sucking at footsteps to the taste of
saltwater and the cry of seagulls.”—David Joy, author of The Line That Held Us
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