Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens ( Kindle Edition ) Kindle eBook | Books
Where the Crawdads Sing is a wonderful book that grabs you from the beginning and carries you along in it's wake. The book is simple, yet so deep & intuitive. She brings the character out so that you can relate to her state of mind and circumstance. The characters are so rich and layered, and the picture she paints with words is just breathtaking. The story is wonderful on it's own merit (it has loss, love, pain, hope, drama, intrigue) but the way the writer uses words to paint the picture so vividly and express the feelings so clearly is just mesmerizing!
This is a book that will be declared a classic. It is beautiful. Everything about it is beautiful. The words are a melody and the story is unique and tender. Kya is an abandoned child. Her Mom walks away from her abusive husband and her children when Kya is 7 years old. Kya is the baby in this family. Her 4 older siblings soon escape and finally there is only 7 year old Kya left with this cruel man. Home is a shack in a swamp and the living conditions are primitive. Unbelievably, this young child is completely abandoned by even her dad. Her survival IS the story. She has only the wild life, birds and nature, These becomes her family and she is forever bonded in love of this life. She actually raises herself and interacts with only a few people. She becomes know as The Child of the Marsh and later as The Marsh Woman. She has the instincts of her animal friends and is able to hide from people who come looking for her. She has no schooling and cannot read or write until a young boy teaches her to read when she is in her teens. Her learning leads her to a young innocent love. Soon this boy leaves her and she can no longer trust anybody, she has been abandoned by everybody.
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.