Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

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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.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2018
ISBN: 9780735219113 (electronic bk.)
0735219117 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (370 pages) : illustration

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Ktette
Nov 18, 2020

Loved this book! Great imagery of North Carolina.

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lorraine_on_rodney
Nov 17, 2020

I was 600th in line waiting for this book! It wasn't worth the wait in most respects. An unbelievable and contrived story and main character. For me the saving grace was the descriptions of the marsh environment - I have spent lots of time in South Carolina's Lowcountry observing the birds, plants, animals, swamps. The author describes this special fragile ecosystem extremely well, she is after all a respected animal behaviorist. But, if you're not into nature study, there's not much else to recommend in this book.

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kxyhuang
Nov 16, 2020

An unconventional story sets in the nature of marshlands. Kya Clark, aka "Marsh Girl," is suspected of killing the late Chase Andrews in a quiet town on the North Carolina Coast. For years, the townspeople harbored stereotypes against her, isolating her to the marshes where she lived. To Kya, however, these familiar lands were sacred to her identities; she could connect with the gulls and the sands better than she could with people. When I read this story, I became heavily invested in studying the habitat of marshes. Owens does a great job of describing the setting and how it sets the mood and characterization of the story. However, I felt that at times this beautiful setting deviated from the storyline. If you're looking for a story that integrates nature with a murder mystery, then Where the Crawdads Sing may be the book for you.

An excellent read and unlike anything I had read before- highly recommend.

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beak1950
Nov 06, 2020

heard interview of owens with jeffrey brown on pbs

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maclin
Oct 31, 2020

I agree fully with all others in comments giving 5 star rating, this is the most enjoyable read, I did not want it to end. From the very first page to the last page I could not put it down. This author is amazing and I look forward to reading any of her future novels.

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jfd5
Oct 29, 2020

I didn't want it to finish. This book is one that will stay with you for a long time. Beautiful

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t_lynschm77
Oct 26, 2020

Such a good book! I devoured it in just a few days and was sad when it was over. I loved how the marsh came alive through the eyes of Kya. A story of endurance, protection, survival, and living like no other, this was a page-turner.

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Laurliz
Oct 26, 2020

Bookgroup

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CherryG123
Oct 23, 2020

Nice clean look!

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“Please don’t talk to me about isolation. No one has to tell me how it changes a person. I have lived it. I am isolation.

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Aug 30, 2020

"Faces change with life’s toll, but eyes remain a window to what was...”

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“If anyone would understand loneliness, the moon would.”

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mroufael
Aug 30, 2020

“Why should the injured, the still bleeding, bear the onus of forgiveness?”

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mroufael
Aug 25, 2020

"the definition of a real man is one who cries without shame, reads poetry with his heart, feels opera in his soul, and does what's necessary to defend a woman."

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amahof7
Jan 30, 2020

Tate’s father told him many times, “The definition of a real man is one who cries with shame, reads poetry with his heart, feels opera in his soul and does what’s necessary to defend a woman.”
Mabel to Kya:”Ya need some girlfriends hon, cause they’re forever. Without a vow, a clutch of women is the most tender, most tough place on earth”

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cknightkc
Jun 24, 2019

“She knew the years of isolation had altered her behavior until she was different from others, but it wasn't her fault she'd been alone. Most of what she knew, she'd learned from the wild. Nature had nurtured, tutored, and protected her when no one else would.”

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cknightkc
Jun 24, 2019

“I wasn't aware that words could hold so much. I didn't know a sentence could be so full.”

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cknightkc
Jun 24, 2019

“Sometimes she heard night-sounds she didn’t know or jumped from lightning too close, but whenever she stumbled, it was the land who caught her. Until at last, at some unclaimed moment, the heart-pain seeped away like water into sand. Still there, but deep. Kya laid her hand upon the breathing, wet earth, and the marsh became her mother.”

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janiedobbs
Dec 30, 2019

The novel’s main narrative opens in the marshland near the fictional town of Barkley Cove, North Carolina. Seven-year-old Catherine “Kya” Clark lives in a shack in the swamp with her mother, father, and siblings. However, one day, Kya’s mother leaves the shack forever in order to escape the physical abuse inflicted by Kya’s father. Kya’s siblings soon leave on their own as well, leaving only Kya and Pa. Pa spends increasingly more time away from the shack over the years, and when Kya is about ten years old, Pa leaves forever. Kya has become thoroughly self-sufficient by this time, living on the land and occasionally trading in town for necessary supplies.

When Kya is 14 years old, a kind local boy named Tate Walker begins to visit Kya, and he teaches her how to read. He is about four years older than Kya. He also gives Kya his old textbooks from school. When Kya is 15 years old, she and Tate fall in love, but Tate insists that they do not have sex until Kya is older. Tate soon leaves for college, and although he promises to love and remember Kya, Kya feels abandoned. When Kya is 19 years old, she suddenly becomes attracted to a young local man named Chase Andrews. Chase begins visiting her often. Chase says that he loves her and is eager to have sex with her. Kya refuses at first, but after about a year, she consents to sex.

Tate eventually returns to Barkley Cove in order to perform scientific research on the marshland. He visits Kya and asks for forgiveness, but she refuses to take him back. Tate sees that Kya has performed much of her own research on the marshland, and he urges Kya to submit it to publishers. Tate also warns Kya that Chase is a dishonest womanizer. One day, Kya sees in the newspaper that Chase has become engaged to someone else. She is heartbroken. Later, she submits her research to publishers, and when she is 22 years old, a book of her research is published under her name. Kya’s brother Jodie sees the book in a store and returns to the swamp to reconnect with Kya. Jodie encourages Kya to give Tate another chance.

Chase eventually visits Kya and says that he wants to continue his relationship with her, despite the fact that he is married to someone else. When Kya refuses him, Chase tries to rape her. She hits him and escapes. Kya realizes that because Chase is such a popular member of the town, and because she is an outcast for living in the swamp, she has no recourse. One day, in October of 1969, Chase’s body is found near the swamp. He appears to have fallen—or possibly have been pushed—out of a fire watchtower. The sheriff investigates and arrests Kya. However, the evidence is inconclusive and circumstantial, and Kya is acquitted. She and Tate declare their love for each other, and they live together in the swamp. Kya continues her career as a naturalist, and Tate continues his career as a researcher. Kya dies at age 64, after which Tate finds evidence that seems to prove that Kya killed Chase. He disposes of the evidence so that no one will ever find it.

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