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. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens."--
Publisher: New York :, G.P. Putnam's Sons,, 2018
ISBN: 9780735219090
0735219095
Branch Call Number: MYS Owen
Characteristics: 370 pages : map ; 24 cm

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krklein
Aug 15, 2020

I was eagerly looking forward to reading this book based on its positive reviews. It was a disappointment. I found the story implausible so had a hard time connecting to the characters or their unbelievable accomplishments. Other characters were flat (star quarterback, popular girls, gossipy townsfolk). While Owens’ writing is beautiful - poetic and descriptive and certainly enjoyable - the story itself lacks credibility.

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nannerl
Jun 16, 2019

A very engaging story about a young girl left to grow up alone in the marshland, who finds it difficult to trust others due to her abandonment by her family members, one after the other. Her inability to trust clashes with her need for human connection, resulting in a relationship with a man who manipulates this need for his own ends by telling her the lies she wants to hear. The novel also shows how senseless, hurtful and counter-productive it is for society to disparage the poor. Unlike the opinion by Library Journal that the mystery plot is implausible, I found it very plausible in terms of motive, method and the role played by the town's culture of bias.

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