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.
Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, 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.
I am so glad I chose this book to read! It was such an interesting read. Took me only four days to complete it. So, here is my review.
We meet the female protagonist of the story, Kya Clark also called as the “Marsh Girl”. She is abandoned and she survives alone in the marsh. There is no one to teach her how to live or cook. Kya learns everything through nature. She gets quite use to the loneliness. While going through all the challenges of living alone, her love for the swamp and nature grows. She starts collecting different specimens and gathers so much of information about the swamp and it’s Eco-system.
Her life is filled with loneliness. Kya starts to look for love, which leads two young men to enter into her life. One of them is found dead at the latter part of the story, where Kya becomes a direct suspect.
Heart breaking yet a warm and wonderful story of a young girl. It is very rarely you find such amazing books. I must say, I enjoyed every bit of it. Surviving through loneliness, Kya is a strong character. Through her lifespan, so much happens and the way she accepts all these challenges, is simply amazing. The setting, characters and the plot was created in a way, where it speak to the hearts of the reader. The story is alive in your mind. Arouses the curiosity of the reader, with the need of wanting to know more.
Finally I was happy for Kya and even felt so proud about all her achievements. Finding her true love melted my heart. Literally I was living in the swamp, in 1960’s with Kya. Such an amazing story, and would highly recommend this book.
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