AUTHOR: Delia Owens
DATE FINISHED: November 26
BLURB: AFor 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.
REVIEW: I don't read many new releases, but within a period of five days this past summer, three different people recommended this book to me, including someone I consider pretty tuned into my tastes. So I put it on hold at the library. It finally came to me in November, and I devoured it. I cried off and on through the whole book. It shouldn't have worked for me as well as it did. It had a tendency to slide out of POV into head hopping every once in a while, which drives me crazy. But this hooked me so much into the solitude of Kya's life that I didn't care. I recommended the hell out of this as soon as I finished, even convincing my friend to choose it as the next book she and her daughter read together. I don't do that very often, but I loved it that much.
SQUARE: Wild (replacing Horror)