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Where the Crawdads Sing - by Delia Owens (Hardcover)

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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"--



Book Synopsis



#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING PHENOMENON
More than 10 million copies sold worldwide
A Reese's Book Club Pick
A Business Insider Defining Book of the Decade

I can't even express how much I love this book! I didn't want this story to end!--Reese Witherspoon

Painfully beautiful.--The New York Times Book Review

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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"A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature....Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child. And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wonders--and dangers--of her private world."--The New York Times Book Review

"Steeped in the rhythms and shadows of the coastal marshes of North Carolina's Outer Banks, this fierce and hauntingly beautiful novel centers on...Kya's heartbreaking story of learning to trust human connections, intertwine[d] with a gripping murder mystery, revealing savage truths. An astonishing debut."--People

"This lush mystery is perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver."--Bustle

"A lush debut novel, Owens delivers her mystery wrapped in gorgeous, lyrical prose. It's clear she's from this place--the land of the southern coasts, but also the emotional terrain--you can feel it in the pages. A magnificent achievement, ambitious, credible and very timely."--Alexandra Fuller, New York Times bestselling author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

"Heart-wrenching...A fresh exploration of isolation and nature from a female perspective along with a compelling love story."--Entertainment Weekly

"This wonderful novel has a bit of everything--mystery, romance, and fascinating characters, all told in a story that takes place in North Carolina."--Nicholas Sparks, New York Times bestselling author of Every Breath

"Delia Owen's gorgeous novel is both a coming-of-age tale and an engrossing whodunit."--Real Simple

"Evocative...Kya makes for an unforgettable heroine."--Publishers Weekly

"The New Southern novel...A lyrical debut."--Southern Living

"A nature-infused romance with a killer twist."--Refinery29

"Anyone who liked The Great Alone will want to read Where the Crawdads Sing....This astonishing debut is a beautiful and haunting novel that packs a powerful punch. It's the first novel in a long time that made me cry."--Kristin Hannah, author of The Great Alone and The Nightingale

"Both a coming-of-age story and a mysterious account of a murder investigation told from the perspective of a young girl...Through Kya's story, Owens explores how isolation affects human behavior, and the deep effect that rejection can have on our lives."--Vanity Fair

"Lyrical...Its appeal ris[es] from Kya's deep connection to the place where makes her home, and to all of its creatures."--Booklist

"This beautiful, evocative novel is likely to stay with you for many days afterward....absorbing."--AARP

"This haunting tale captivates every bit as much for its crime drama elements as for the humanity at its core." --Mystery & Suspense Magazine

"Compelling, original...A mystery, a courtroom drama, a romance and a coming-of-age story, Where the Crawdads Sing is a moving, beautiful tale. Readers will remember Kya for a long, long time."--ShelfAwareness

"With prose luminous as a low-country moon, Owens weaves a compelling tale of a forgotten girl in the unforgiving coastal marshes of North Carolina. It is a murder mystery/love story/courtroom drama that readers will love, but the novel delves so much deeper into the bone and sinew of our very nature, asking often unanswerable questions, old and intractable as the marsh itself. A stunning debut!"--Christopher Scotton, author of The Secret Wisdom of the Earth

"A compelling mystery with prose so luminous it can cut through the murkiest of pluff mud."--Augusta Chronicle

"Carries the rhythm of an old time ballad. It is clear Owens knows this land intimately, from the black mud sucking at footsteps to the taste of saltwater and the cry of seagulls."--David Joy, author of The Line That Held Us



About The Author



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.
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 370
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Format: Hardcover
Author: Delia Owens
Featured book lists: New York Times Bestsellers
Language: English
Street Date: August 14, 2018
TCIN: 53668983
UPC: 9780735219090
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-1395
Origin: Made in the USA
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Q: what is the book about

submitted by Susan - 5 years ago
  • A: Overview #1 New York Times Bestseller More than 4 million copies sold A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick "I can't even express how much I love this book! I didn't want this story to end!"—Reese Witherspoon "Painfully beautiful."—The New York Times Book Review 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.

    submitted bynanasmama - 4 years ago
4.8 out of 5 stars with 242 reviews
95% would recommend
90 recommendations

So Good!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Sheartsg - 8 months ago
“A lone tear trailed down Mrs. Culpepper’s cheek, and then a shadow smile for the little swamp truant escaping again.”
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Mediocre at best

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Cath - 1 year ago
Seriously??? A bestseller and a movie??? I guess it takes a good agent to promote you.
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Love it

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Susan Wilson - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
I loved everything about this book. It was so much better than the movie!
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Best movie 🍿🎥 so I know it'll be a great 📚 to be reading

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
alyssia - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
I have not had a chance to read this book yet but super excited to start reading it because I loved the movie 🎥🍿
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Good book

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Liz - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Delivered well, and in good shape. The book itself is very good, easy to read and keep reading.
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Where the crawdads si g

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Muggy g - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Have not read yet but all reports are it’s a great read. Ordering and delivery perfect
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just amazing

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
carren - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
I could not put it down, great read
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A Must Read

5 out of 5 stars
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LissyG13 - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Beautiful story! I definitely recommend it. The millions of copies sold says it all.
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Did noy enjoy

2 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Lola - 3 years ago
Unbelievable that a person raised alone in a swamp could accomplish so much. Horrible ending. Just proved the townspeople right.
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Where the crawdads sing

5 out of 5 stars
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Paige - 3 years ago
Love love love!!! I could not put it down. So good!
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Speechless

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Crs - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
I cannot stess enough how AMAZING this book is!!! I literally feel like im watching a series in every chapter!! Brings you back and forth on several timelines! Love it! Absolutely LOVE IT!!
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Phenomenal

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
mommaK - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
This book made me fall in love with reading again, I seriously couldn’t stop turning the page. Definitely recommend this book! I hope this author makes more novels!
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Highly recommend

5 out of 5 stars
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Mika - 3 years ago
One of the best books I’ve read
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Blah

2 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Beccaboo - 3 years ago
Not sure what all the positive reviews are for. Found it boring and slow. Very small anticlimactic twist at the end.
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5 star

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
YG - 3 years ago
Finally found my own favorite book.
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Awesome read

5 out of 5 stars
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TEA - 3 years ago
It will not take you long to read this book because you will be so invested in the main character’s life!
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Must Read!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
BeautyandtheBook94 - 3 years ago
LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. My new favorite book! And if that’s not enough to convince you, this was a mystery literary fiction novel with dual timelines that were seamed together flawlessly. The ending blew my mind! So many books you can predict the endings and still love them but I never would’ve guessed the ending. Once you think you know everything there is to know, the author throws another surprise your way. This novel made me irate, intoxicated, and I cried FOUR times (new record) throughout the novel. At first, I didn’t know if I’d enjoy the book. There were so many details about the marsh where the main character, Kya, was living and I felt as though I’d never get into it. As I continued to read I realized we needed that information. We needed to understand Kya’s love of the marsh and her broken home (in more ways than one). This information would help build the character and who she becomes. I loved the rollercoaster of emotions I felt and found myself wanting more of each timeline every time the chapter would end and the other timeline story would begin. One timeline shows us the life of Kya. The family that left her, how she raised herself to become the woman she grew into, and the love she found along the way. We watch Kya grow up and with that, my love and appreciation grew with her while I read each word. The second timeline takes us through the mysterious murder of the town’s star quarterback. The oh so loved and admired Chase Andrews. While the prejudice against Kya and her lifestyle drive her farther away from people and a “normal” life, it is the marsh that will save her and has always saved her. Friends with the birds, Kya builds her life and her success right where she is, while the townspeople of Barkley Cove go to all ends to prove that a guilty verdict, death row, should be the conviction declared against Chase Andrew’s murderer. But can they prove there was even a crime committed?
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Read it NOW!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
amfischer2 - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
Such an amazing book!
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Good book, a little predictable

4 out of 5 stars
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Partyof5 - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
Overall a good book. Enjoyed learning about the characters through the past and present alternating chapters but as you get closer to the end, you start to see how this will unfold. I would recommend and have to some girlfriends
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Must Read!!!

5 out of 5 stars
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asan - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
I have not enjoyed a book so much in a long time! 100/10 recommend. I read it in 3 days and that was me trying to saver it
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