The Crawdads Sing
- By Debbie Emery
One of the few unexpected benefits of the coronavirus lockdown is that many of us have more time to immerse ourselves in literature. Whether you read Delia Owens New York Times bestseller or listen to the audio version read by Cassandra Campbell, it’s impossible not to get lost in the isolated world of Kya Clark. Cruelly dubbed “Marsh Girl” by wealthier townsfolk in Barkley Cove, North Carolina, Kya survives alone in a rundown cabin after her older siblings flee to escape their alcoholic and abusive father.
Having only lasted one day in school before being driven out by bullying kids, she learns to live off all the riches the marsh offers and often trades her catch in exchange for gasoline or used clothes. The scrappy teenager eventually forms a seemingly unbreakable bond with Tate Walker … unbreakable that is until he leaves the quiet coastal town to become of Tar Heel at the University of North Carolina. The powerful prose in Where the Crawdads Sing ebbs and flows like the marsh water itself, in a cyclic rhythm like the seasons alternating between the early 1950s when Kya is just a kid, and 1965 in the aftermath of a horrifying murder. When Chase Andrews, star quarterback and town playboy, is found dead beneath a fire tower, fingers of accusation are immediately pointed at the mysterious Marsh Girl.
“Where the Crawdads Sing” can be purchased in all formats here.