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Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens
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Publisher Description

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE—The #1 New York Times bestselling worldwide sensation with more than 18 million copies sold, hailed by The New York Times Book Review as “a painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature.”

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.

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Loudly Crying Face“I loved this book soooo much! The characters and setting were described nicely and the ending had me speechless. Wasn’t a fan of the film but LOVED the book!”
Characters change and growDiverse backgroundsBeautifully-writtenSuspensefulDescriptiveEnlightening
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“This book had me stare at the ceiling for a good five minutes after finishing it!! The enigma that is Kya strikes a cord with every reader who has felt isolated at some time in their lives, almost causing them to smile at the well-crafted ending. The shift in timelines and settings make the book profoundly multi-dimensional, encouraging thought around our responsibilities to this planet as human beings.”
Characters change and growDiverse backgroundsMorally ambiguousBeautifully-writtenPoeticAddictiveHeartbreakingWell-researchedEnchantingComing of age

About Delia Owens

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.

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