#1 New York Times Bestseller
More than 4 million copies sold
A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick
"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
"Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver."--Bustle
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.
Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Abandoned by anyone who should care, Kya lives deep in the swampy North Carolina lowlands. She understands the creatures that live there and waits for someone to understand her—but the locals in town just call her Marsh Girl. In a haunting voice that perfectly captures the marshlands’ eerie stillness, actress Cassandra Campbell tells us of Kya’s exhilarating and terrifying first steps into the outer world. Her delivery of Delia Owens’ lyrical prose pulls us headfirst into Kya’s complex, emotional story and the murderous betrayal that happens when she lets two young men get close.
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LOVED the story and the narrator
Great audio book start to finish. Being a “naturalist” of sorts I loved the details about the Marshland ecosystem and also the psychological challenges of living meagerly on one’s own. The narrator was as superb as the story itself.
Stunning prose ... Unforgettable
This authors use of language is pure artistry!!! I’m going to listen again to the audiobook and purchase the hardbound! Definitely worth the purchase!!! I’ll be watching this author for more!
Where the crawdads sing
This book spoke to me with the voice of the marsh; of the flats at low tide. Complex and Simple, the wild girl-woman is innocent yet intimately immersed in her environment.