“Where The Crawdads Sing”, by Delia Owens topped the The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2019 for 27 weeks. Many people have told me it was the “best book they’ve ever read”. I agree that it was one of the best books that I have ever read. I give it 5 stars, and I recommend reading it 100%.
It is about a little girl named “Kya”. She lived in a shack in the swamp of North Carolina, with her parents and siblings. Her Mom was a victim of domestic violence, so she walked out on her kids, and left them alone with her Dad. Soon her brothers and sisters walked out of the home as well. She was along with her Dad, who barely fed her and he was an alcoholic. Her Mom sends her a letter, and she gives it to her Dad, and this angers him. He leaves her as well.
Here she was, only about 7 years old, and she was along in the swamp living in a shack, with no means of survival. She does survive, and doesn’t pass away until she is 64.
How did this little girl survive on her own? No Mom or Dad to nurture, and feed her? She sold mussels from the swamp to survive and she lived off of grits. How did she just live off of grits and selling mussels?
She is very lonely, and has only nature to nurture her. The birds are her friends. She has crow friend and she feeds the seagulls. She has no one to keep her company except the insect chirping, and the birds. This book will bring you close to nature. She becomes a naturalist.
This book addresses the human condition of loneliness, and the nurturing relationships that we need from people.
She has one friend named “Tate”, who was her brothers friend that comes and visits her. Later on he educates. He teaches her to read, and some arithmetic. She has only been to school one day in her life where she was an outcast, dirty and without shoes.
She does something good with her life, and becomes famous, what is that? Read and find out. 😉
She also has two lovers, which was very awkward for her because she didn’t have a family. How can she have two lovers when she is abandonment and lives in a swamp isolated from society?
She is an outcast to society and called “swamp trash”. How could society let this little girl live alone to fend for herself? Later on the book, she is not an outcast to society. Find out how.
One of her lovers is murdered. Who did it, and is she accused? If she is accused did she end up in jail or with the death penalty.
This book is very intriguing. I could not put this book down, and it will defiantly catch your interest. Everyone needs to read it, you can learn a lot.
I recommend this good read to everyone, and this book is amazing. You can remember and learn a lot from this book, about the human condition, nature, and how people act prodigiously. This book took place in the 60’s and 70’s.