A beautiful heartbreak. That’s the best way I would describe this novel. This story has left many people divided on the side of absolutely hating it and not finishing it, or falling in love with it. I am the latter.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is a story set during the 60s and 70s that follows the “Marsh girl”, Kya, and her journey through a difficult life. At a young age she was abandoned by her family and left to fend for herself out in the marshlands on the North Carolina coast.
Throw in a few love plots, impeccably detailed descriptions of nature, a potential murder, and you’ve got yourself a classic coming-of-age tale.
Kya is faced with nothing but judgement her entire life, but she perseveres through it all. I admire the courage her character holds. Actually, every character is amazing in my opinion. They are all complex in some way and I enjoyed seeing each characters’ development throughout the plot.
“I wasn’t aware that words could hold so much. I didn’t know a sentence could be so full.”
I listened to this on Audible and it made it tough to get out of the car and go into work some days. I was captivated. While it started out a bit slow for me, I was completely captivated by the story. It was the type of audio book that I fully immersed myself in and felt like I was right there in the marsh experiencing everything.
“Why should the injured, the still bleeding, bear the onus of forgiveness?”
Without wanting to give away much, the ending packed a punch that made me audibly gasp. This is a story full of heart and soul, and a love for the naturally glorious world.
“…lot of times love doesn’t work out. Yet even when it fails, it connects you to others and, in the end, that is all you have, the connections.”