"Where the Crawdads Sing" is equal parts murder mystery, searing social indictment, love letter to naturalism, and soaring poetry. It's amazing that this is author Delia Owens first work of fiction! She writers with grace and beauty and crafts a narrative that immediately draws in the reader and keeps them turning the pages.
About the narrative--this is the story of a young girl (Kya) abandoned in the swampy wild marshes of North Carolina who not only survives, but thrives despite these dire circumstances. Along the way she falls in love more than a few times and eventually finds herself facing a set of murder charges. I'm hesitant to share much more than that as far as the story goes because it's just that good!
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- Just forget it. No god's gonna come to this garden. (70)
- I don't know how to do life without grits. (74)
- Go out as far as you can--way out yonder where the crawdads sing. (111)
- She laughed for his sake, something she'd never done. Giving away another piece of herself just to have someone else. (177)