By Delia Owens
What a beautiful book this is! It was our first choice for a new book club and I think we made a great selection. There will be so much to unpack and discuss during our meeting later this week.
Where the Crawdads Sing tells the remarkable life story of Kya, known as the Marsh Girl, who lives a life of quiet isolation in a shack in the marshlands of 1960’s North Carolina.
After being abandoned by her family, Kya is forced to fend for herself. Her deep respect for nature enables her to learn how to live off the land. Little help is offered to her but the help she does receive, from an African American business owner named Jumpin and his sweet wife Mabel and a local boy named Tate, is essential to her survival.
The writing is remarkable. How quickly I breezed through this book and didn’t realize how much I read until I picked up my head. It was such a beautiful thing to see the world through the eyes of this strange girl. Her world was so small as a younger girl and we are with her as it slowly expands in front of both of our eyes.
The closure it gives us and sense of peace is perfect. The ending, while heartbreaking and not so uplifting, is the closest to a happy ever after I could hope for the Marsh Girl.
Review by Michele W.