Where the Crawdads Sing. By Delia Owens
What did you think?
I think it’s an absolute “must read”. I really loved this book although I was totally conflicted by the ending. I knew the book was never going to be the typical love story with a happy ending but I still wanted more for Kya aka “Marsh Girl”.
By the time I got to the end of the book I was emotionally exhausted.
One of my friends said she was in tears by the 3rdchapter!
Abandoned by her entire family, and left to fend for herself Kya receives some help and support from kindly locals along the way but not nearly enough. Her relationships with other people are based somewhat on the behavior of the birds and animals that she observes in the marshland around her.
Delia Owens has created such a vivid depiction of the North Carolina coastline, the marshlands and life in the south that I found myself referring to Google in a quest for more details about everything from birds or towns, to events of that era. I’ve always thought that “grits” for breakfast sounded disgusting but I never really knew what they were made from. I now know that “grits” are made of boiled cornmeal. Still sounds like a terrible breakfast, but this was the staple food, and sometimes only food, that Kya ate for a large part of her childhood.
Don’t hesitate with this one. Just read it. 5/5
My March read is another change of pace. I’m reading “So Lucky” by Dawn O’Porter.