Archive for November, 2018

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

November 7, 2018


This book tells the story of Kya, a young girl who has grown up by herself in the marshes of North Carolina since the age of 7, after being abandoned, one by one, by all of the members of her family. While she is enormously resourceful and manages to find ways to survive, the author vividly portrays the fear and dismay of a young child who can’t read, has never been to school, and has no one to turn to, trying to figure out things like grocery stores, and money, and how the world of adults in 1960s rural North Carolina works. The writing is lyrical and lovely, full of poetry and nature, and the marsh setting -and Kya’s intimate relationship with it -was for me one of the strongest parts of the book. There are plot twists that didn’t always work for me but Kya is a memorable character, and it is an unusual and powerful coming of age story. This is a good choice for fans of Barbara Kingsolver.

Where the Crawdads Sing is available as eBook and Audiobook on Libby/Overdrive.