S. A. Walters
Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
“There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.”
― Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing
My Rating: 5/5 Stars - Excellent Read
This is the story of Kya - a young girl living in a shack in the marshes of North Carolina. She watches her mother leave when she can't take any more abuse from her father. Eventually all of her older siblings also leave and she is left alone to raise herself when her alcoholic father eventually also disappears. Kya learns to not only fend for herself in the wilds of the marsh, but she becomes one with nature. When some unfortunate locals try to take advantage of her, they learn the hard way that Kya may not have a formal education, but she is not lacking in intelligence.
I will say that I have a tendency to become irritated with long descriptions of settings and often skim past them. Not so with this book. Delia Owens has a way of making you feel as though you are actually in the marsh with Kya and feel as though you are standing with her in the beauty and danger of her isolation. Kya is a beautiful loner and one of my favorite female badass characters of all time.
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (August 14, 2018)