Where the Crawdads Sing The book not to be missed this summer
Where the Crawdads Sing is written by Delia Owens, driven by character and with a perfect sense of place and time, Owens’ remarkable debut emerges with the heated tension of a marginalized community. surrounded by tragedy and shaped by the landscape around it. Book is a literary masterpiece that will be celebrated for generations to come.
Set in a small, isolated marsh on the coast of North Carolina in 1965, Where the Crawdads Sing traces the life of a girl who is trying to understand her role in this world after finding an infant death. Kya Clark is born into a poor family of four, of which two are deceased by her sixteenth birthday. Her mother’s mental condition and her alcoholic father’s lack of ability can not provide enough for their livelihood, and with Kya being the oldest sister she must find work to make ends meet. Kya’s time is spent between two worlds: the marsh in which she is raised and her time spent with the people of the nearby town, where she develops an affinity for singing. The different scenes move between these worlds and are depicted wonderfully by Owens’ prose, building a complete world that is much bigger than it first seems.
The novel weaves a haunting story of love and loss through the experiences of Kya, whose life ends before it really begins. Through Kya’s eyes, readers will be transported into the beautiful yet often harsh world that is her home. Readers will easily connect to Kya and empathize with her struggles as well as celebrate her accomplishments.
The main character, Kya, is a very complex yet likeable character who has to deal with the death of her mother, abandonment of her father and living on her own at an early age. Throughout the book many of these issues are dealt with through flashbacks. The setting is in a marsh on the coast of North Carolina and the time period is 1965. This novel depicts southern culture well and provides some context to historical events that happened during this time period such as segregation, poverty and other important topics. Throughout the novel Kya is trying to figure out what happened to her baby sister Alice which she found dead in their yard.