Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens
Read by Cassandra Campbell

12.21 Hours 08/14/2018 unabridged
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How long can you protect your heart? 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.

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Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

A #1 New York Times audio bestseller

A Reese’s Book Club Pick

Finalist for the 2018 Southern Book Prize for Fiction

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Women's Detective Fiction

How long can you protect your heart?

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Owens delivers her mystery wrapped in gorgeous, lyrical prose.” Alexandra Fuller, New York Times bestselling author
“It’s just beautiful. I loved every page of it. That little girl Kya stole my heart.” Reese Witherspoon, Academy Award–winning actress
“A fresh exploration of isolation and nature from a female perspective along with a compelling love story.” Entertainment Weekly
“Owen’s gorgeous novel is both a coming-of-age tale and an engrossing whodunit.” Real Simple
“The New Southern novel…A lyrical debut.” Southern Living
“Narrator Cassandra Campbell serves up a bushel of Carolina accents in this debut novel by nature writer Delia Owens. Campbell’s accents give the mix of classes and regions in the story the same realistic detail Owens provides for the marsh…Campbell gives us her story in a reverent documentary tone that does justice to the rich descriptions of the natural world that nurtures and fascinates Kya. This story is interspersed with the 1969 murder of the town golden boy, Chase Andrews. The investigation and trial unfurl slowly with a more reportorial tone. Prepare to be enchanted and haunted. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Kya makes for an unforgettable heroine.” Publishers Weekly
“With prose luminous as a low-country moon, Owens weaves a compelling tale…a murder mystery/love story/courtroom drama that readers will love, but the novel delves so much deeper into the bone and sinew of our very nature, asking often unanswerable questions, old and intractable as the marsh itself. A stunning debut!” Christopher Scotton, author of The Secret Wisdom of the Earth
Where The Crawdads Sing carries the rhythm of an old time ballad. It is clear Owens knows this land intimately, from the black mud sucking at footsteps to the taste of saltwater and the cry of seagulls.” David Joy, author of The Line That Held Us

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Author Bio: Delia Owens

Delia Owens is the author of Where the Crawdads Sing, her first novel, and the coauthor of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa—Cry of the Kalahari, The Eye of the Elephant, and Secrets of the Savanna. She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, the African Journal of Ecology, and International Wildlife, among many others. She lives in Idaho, where she continues her support for the people and wildlife of Zambia.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 12.21
Audience: Adult
Language: English